Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Rich Negrin submitted his resignation on Thursday, taking a medical leave until it takes effect on December 9.
Jessica Shirley will step in as interim acting secretary effective immediately.
Negrin was the first Latino Secretary of DEP and brought more than 35 years of public and private sector leadership to the Department. He has also served as City Manager & Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination of the City of Philadelphia.
He appeared with Gov. Josh Shapiro last week at an event highlighting the administration’s work to cap and plug orphaned and abandoned oil and gas wells.
Shirley previously served as the Department’s Policy Director from May 2016 to April 2022 helping develop executive orders related to PFAs, climate change, energy conservation, sustainability in Commonwealth operations, and environmental justice. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Penn State and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.