F. Allen Barnes will be the new director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division if Gov. Sonny Perdue’s choice for the job is approved by the Department of Natural Resources board on Wednesday.
Barnes, a former regional U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief of staff, will replace Carol Couch at EPD. Couch resigned earlier this month to take a teaching position at the University of Georgia.
The DNR board is expected to approve Perdue’s choice.
“Allen brings a wealth of environmental and management experience to this position,” Perdue said in a statement. “His impressive government and academic background ensures he will successfully lead EPD as they continue to be responsible stewards of our most precious natural resources.”
Barnes was Region Four chief of staff for the federal EPA from 2002 to 2005, a posting that covered an eight-state southeastern region.He also taught natural resource policy and law at Mississippi State University from 1996 to 2002. A former Florida state prosecutor, Barnes was also a special assistant U.S. attorney handling, among other topics, environmental litigation. He is a partner in King & Spalding’s environmental practice.