Jun 5, 2015

'Wyoming girl' named new leader of BLM's Cody office

A woman with long-standing ties to Wyoming has been tabbed as the new manager of the Bureau of Land Management's Cody field office.


The BLM recently announced the promotion of Delissa Minnick, who'd served as the assistant field manager in Cody since 2013. She replaces Mike Stewart, who retired as field manager in late 2014.

Delissa Minnick, the new manager of the BLM's Cody office
“As a Wyoming girl, I know how lucky I am to get to live and work in the Big Horn Basin,” Minnick said in a BLM news release. “Managing our public lands alongside such dedicated public, agricultural, government and industry partners is a dream come true.”

Minnick has undergraduate, graduate and law degrees from the University of Wyoming. After law school, she practiced environmental, natural resource and public lands law with Holland & Hart, which maintains firms around the region.

She joined the BLM in 2009 as a planning and environmental coordinator the agency's state office in Cheyenne. She later served as an attorney-advisor with the Office of the Solicitor and as BLM Wyoming's litigation coordinator.

“Delissa’s constructive approach to challenges and her commitment to building and maintaining strong relationships in the community will be an asset to the Cody field office,” said Steve Dondero, district manager of the BLM Wind River/Bighorn Basin District, in the news release.

Minnick and her 9-year-old daughter, Kik, are sport and outdoor recreation enthusiasts and spend the weekends trying to run, hike, bike, swim, ride, ski and explore as many miles as possible.

“Having grown up in Wyoming, I have both a passion for our wild places and an understanding of the importance of prudent development of our natural resources,” she said in the release.

The public will be invited to meet Minnick at an official installation ceremony that will be held some time this summer.

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