“Mr. Darwin has a strong record of success in
operations and driving outcomes,” Governor Ducey said. “His leadership
will be vital as we work every day to deliver results to the people of
Arizona. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will be in
great hands under the leadership of Mr. Cabrera, who brings both private
and public sector experience to this critical role.”
The staffing transitions will take place by the end of August.
About Henry Darwin: Mr.
Darwin was appointed ADEQ Director in February 2011 and since then has
led the agency’s transformation. Highlights of the transformation
include: reducing permitting timeframes for the most complex
environmental permits by over 60%; doubling the number of State-led
underground storage tank clean-ups; reducing vehicle emissions
inspections fees by 25% (Maricopa County); helping customers return to
compliance nearly 50% faster; and implementing over 150
employee-initiated improvement projects. He has done so with a budget
and staffing that are 30% less than pre-recession levels.
Darwin has served the State of Arizona for 18 years, previously holding a
variety of positions including ADEQ's Deputy Director and
Administrative Counsel. A Yuma native, Mr. Darwin has a Bachelor of
Science degree in engineering from the University of Arizona and a Juris
Doctorate from Lewis & Clark College's Northwestern School of Law.
He is a licensed attorney in Arizona.
About Misael Cabrera: Mr.
Cabrera was selected as ADEQ's Deputy Director in November 2011. A
registered professional engineer, Mr. Cabrera has over two decades of
experience in the environmental field. His background includes: business
(profit and loss) and organizational leadership, regulatory
negotiations, contract management, site characterization and
remediation, permitting, design and construction management.
joining ADEQ, Mr. Cabrera served in a variety of leadership roles in
private sector engineering and environmental consulting firms. He served
as a senior client leader Haley & Aldrich's Industrial
Environmental practice in Phoenix. He led the environmental business
unit for AMEC Earth & Environmental and managed the environmental
business group for CH2MHILL in Tempe.
Mr. Cabrera has lived in
Arizona since 1984 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil
engineering from the University of Arizona.