Office of the Commissioner
The Office of the Commissioner supports the commissioner and deputy commissioner in carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities. It also assists the program bureaus in areas that cross bureau boundaries. The Office has three functional units: Communications and Education, Assistance, and Policy Development and Implementation. The Office as a whole is responsible for coordinating inter- and intra-departmental issues and assuming special assignments as needed by the commissioner and the deputy commissioner.
directs all DEP communications and education efforts to create and maintain public understanding and support for departmental objectives, programs, and regulatory requirements and best practices. The office develops and disseminates all official agency announcements including media releases, weekly highlights, educational columns and other documents/materials of interest to the public and regulated community; delivers regulatory and non-regulatory based environmental training to a variety of audiences, including through its Nonpoint Source Training Center and TankSmart program; coordinates the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence; responds to requests for public information; coordinates, prepares and promotes department staff public presentations and media conferences; and manages all DEP’s web content, including the department website and social media presence. The Communications Director serves as the agency spokesperson and is the liaison for all DEP-related media inquiries. Jessamine Logan, Director 207-287-5842
serves as a centralized and cost-free resource for those in need of assistance and advocacy in navigating environmental laws, rules and best management practices. Staff works to improve Department processes to serve Maine people and regulated entities by providing environmental training to municipalities, members of the public, businesses and sector associations on regulations and best management practices. Efforts include streamlining and improving the Department’s contracting procedures and working with agency staff and the private sector to develop relevant, cost-effective training. Chris Swain, Director 207-287-7831
The Policy Development and Implementation Unit
coordinates the legislative activities of the department and acts as liaison between the department and the Governor's Office and the Legislature. The unit coordinates policy analysis, licensing (including multi-program license transfers) and enforcement tracking, rule drafting and review, Freedom of Access requests and general administrative oversight functions. This unit also manages the department's strategic plan and Performance Partnership Agreement with US EPA and is a liaison to the Maine Office of Attorney General. Heather Parent, Director 207-287-8662