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Department for Environmental Protection has new commissioner

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 30, 2018) — Tony Hatton has been appointed commissioner of the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP), Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles G. Snavely announced Wednesday.

Hatton, who was named the DEP’s deputy commissioner in 2016, replaces former Commissioner Aaron Keatley, who recently accepted a job as chief deputy director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Hatton’s appointment takes effect June 1.

“The Department for Environmental Protection is an agency that requires highly trained individuals to deal with complex environmental issues,” Secretary Snavely said. “We are fortunate to have someone with Tony’s breadth of experience and his great understanding of the issues facing Kentucky. I appreciate his willingness to serve the commonwealth in this important job.”

Hatton is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a master’s of science degree in geology. He worked in the private sector as a consulting geologist from 1988 to 1998 and has worked for the department since 1999. Hatton became the assistant director of the Division of Waste Management in 2002 and became its director in 2008.

He lives in Lawrenceburg with his wife and son.