USDA Forest Service
Joe Walsh, 202-205-1134
SERVICE CHIEF MIKE DOMBECK TO RETIRE
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2001 --
Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck announced today
his retirement from federal service effective Saturday,
March 31. Announcing his retirement with senior
staff, Dombeck expressed satisfaction in his efforts
to guide the agency and looked forward to pursuing
new opportunities outside government service.
I have enjoyed every minute of my tenure
as Chief of the Forest Service, Dombeck told the
leadership team. Any successes I may have had were
achieved only through the dedication and commitment
of the 33,000 men and women of the Forest Service,
who have made these the best four years of my life.
Dombeck said the agencys transition under
the new administration appeared to be on track.
I feel that this is the right time to step
down, spend time with my family, and then look at
Dombeck, 52, a native of Wisconsin, became the
14th Chief of the Forest Service on January 7, 1997.
His retirement caps more than a quarter century
of service as a federal employee, college professor,
and high school teacher. Prior to his arrival at
the Forest Service, Dombeck served as Acting Director
of the Bureau of Land Management.
I have been pleased by the support and effort
Chief Dombeck has extended to me and the transition
team, Secretary Veneman remarked following
Dombecks announcement. Mike has been
a dedicated professional who has given over half
his life to public service. I appreciate his many
years of leadership in government. All of us at
USDA wish him and his family the very best.
Phil Janik, Chief Operating Officer for the USDA
Forest Service will serve as acting chief until
a successor is named.
Dombecks biography is available on the Forest
Service Website http://www.fs.fed.us/library/biography/BosworthBio.htm.