Gary Sherrer

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Gary Sherrer
6th Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment
In office
January 14, 2011 – June 30, 2014
Governor Mary Fallin
Preceded by J.D. Strong
Succeeded by Post Abolished
2nd Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment
In office
January, 1995 – January, 1997
Governor Frank Keating
Preceded by Patty Eaton
Succeeded by Brian C. Griffin
Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board
In office
January, 1995 – January, 1997
Governor Frank Keating
Succeeded by Duane Smith
1st Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture
In office
1989–1995
Governor David Walters
Preceded by Post Created
Succeeded by Dennis Howard
Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture
In office
1985–1995
Governor David Walters
Succeeded by Dennis Howard
Oklahoma State Representative
In office
1981–1989
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Vinita, Oklahoma
Occupation Politician

Gary Sherrer is an American Democratic politician from Oklahoma. Sherrer served two terms as Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment under Republican Governors Frank Keating (1995-1997) and Mary Fallin (2011-2013). Sherrer also served as Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture under Democratic Governor David Walters from 1989 to 1995.

Early life[edit]

Sherrer is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.[1] He was a Democratic member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1981 to 1989. After leaving the Legislature, Sherrer served as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Oklahoma Farmers Union and then worked for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.

Cabinet secretary[edit]

Walters administration[edit]

Governor David Walters appointed Sherrer to serve as the State's first Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture. Walters also appointed him to concurrently as the Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. He served in both of those positions from 1991 until the end of Walter's term in 1995.

Keating administration[edit]

In 1995, Walters choose not to seek re-election as governor. Frank Keating was elected to succeed him in that position. Keating asked Sherrer to stay on in his Administration. However, instead of Agriculture Secretary, Keating appoint Sherrer to serve as his Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment. In addition to his services as Secretary, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board appointed him to serve as their Executive Director.[2]

Sherrer served in both of those positions until he resigned to return to the private sector in 1997. Governor Keating appointed Brian C. Griffin to succeed Sherrer as Secretary.

Fallin administration[edit]

Following the election of Republican Mary Fallin as governor in 2010, Fallin appointed Sherrer to her Taskforce on Economic Development to advise her on matter related to the economy. He served in that position from the entire transition process between Fallin's election in November 2010 and her inauguration in January 2011. On January 14, 2011, Governor Fallin announced that she had selected Sherrer to serve as her Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment in her Cabinet.[3]

While serving in the Fallin Administration, Sherrer led negotiations between Oklahoma and Arkansas to protect the quality of the scenic rivers running through both states. Sherrer oversaw the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's efforts to protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken, which avoided the need to place the animal under the protections of the Endangered Species Act by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Sherrer also oversaw the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality as it returned to compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The compliance measures allowed the state to regain control over water quality in the state rather than the Environmental Protection Agency. After two and a half years as Environmental Secretary, Sherrer resigned his position to return to private life.[4]

Private sector[edit]

Following his resignation, Sherrer went to work for KAMO, a Vinita, Oklahoma-based power provider for northeast Oklahoma and southeast Missouri. He served as that organization's chief administrative officer and assistance chief executive officer.

Sherrer currently serves as assistant vice president for external relations in Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He also serves on the board of directors at Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc., a provider of economic development services to rural Oklahomans.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sherrer's wife, Judith (née McGue), died in 2011. Together they have three daughters, Tori, Camill, and Connor.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://durantdemocrat.com/news/local-news-1/285/gary-sherrer-to-lead-rei-board
  2. ^ Rodgers, Kim (February 3, 1995). "Keating Names Gary Sherrer Secretary of Environment". The Journal Record. 
  3. ^ Office of Governor Fallin (January 14, 2011). "Governor Fallin Names Gary Sherrer Secretary of the Environment". State of Oklahoma. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ Office of Governor Fallin (June 28, 2013). "Secretary of Environment Gary Sherrer to Resign". State of Oklahoma. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.pmcfh.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=416193
Political offices
Preceded by
Oklahoma State Representative
1981–1989
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture
Under Governor David Walters

1989–1995
Succeeded by
Dennis Howard
Preceded by
Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture
Under Governor David Walters

1989–1995
Preceded by
Patty Eaton
Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment
Under Governor Frank Keating

1995–1997
Succeeded by
Brian C. Griffin
Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board
Under Governor Frank Keating

1995–1997
Succeeded by
Duane Smth
Preceded by
J.D. Strong
Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment
Under Governor Mary Fallin

January 14, 2011 – June 30, 2013
Succeeded by
Post Abolished