Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen an engineer in the private sector with a public sector background to be the new Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Director.
Jeff Fassett currently is the Director of the Water Rights Strategic Program for HDR Engineering. At HDR, Fassett worked on water supply, water rights, and water resources development projects in a number of states. In addition to HDR, Fassett maintained a water rights and water resources engineering practice in Wyoming and Colorado for both public and private clients.
Previously, Fassett operated Cheyenne-based Fassett Consulting, an engineering consulting firm specializing in water rights, water resources engineering, and water policy matters.
Fassett served as State Engineer for Wyoming from 1987 to 2000. He served as Deputy State Engineer for the State of Wyoming from 1984-1987.
Fassett is a registered professional engineer in Wyoming and Colorado. He begins his work in Nebraska August 3rd. He will be paid $145,000 a year.