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Release Date: 04/03/13
Contacts: Diane Drobka , 928-348-4403 ,

BLM Arizona Names New Manager for the Gila District

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has named a new manager for its Gila District, which encompasses Tucson and nine counties in eastern Arizona.


Tim Shannon, now with the BLM’s National Operations Center in Denver, was appointed as the district manager by Ray Suazo, the BLM Arizona state director. Shannon will begin his new duties in May. 

“We look forward to having Tim join the BLM Arizona leadership team, sharing his valuable business, resource and partnership experience,” Suazo said.

Shannon has been with the BLM for 22 years. His assignment over the past five years has been at the National Operations Center, where he most recently supervised 160 BLM employees and contractors in financial services, accounting, national acquisitions, engineering and architecture, and national property and programs.

Shannon said he is excited for the hands-on opportunities that come with being a district manager. “I’m looking forward to working on real issues with the public. This is just a great opportunity for me to be a district manager and assist the BLM in Arizona.”

He has had short-term assignments as a field manager in Ely, Nevada, and as a member of an International Technical Assistance Program in Tanzania, Africa. He also supervised a team on the Hurricane Katrina response.

Shannon has worked in several key program areas, including the BLM’s business operations, oversight for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the engineering group in the BLM Washington Office. He has also provided leadership to employees in several BLM resource support positions in Nevada and the BLM’s Alaska Fire Service in Fairbanks, AK.

“Each job I’ve had with the BLM is unique, each one a little different. I can’t really say I have a favorite. I look at each one with its new challenges and new set of circumstances. I look forward to this new position and the new opportunities,” he said.

Shannon and his wife have two grown children. He replaces Tom Dabbs, who retired in January.


The Gila District comprises about 2 million acres, extending from south of the Navajo Nation to the U.S.-Mexico border. The District oversees management of 16 units of the National Landscape Conservation System. These include the Ironwood Forest National Monument, three national conservation areas, and 10 wilderness areas.


Shannon will supervise about 90 Gila District employees working in offices in Tucson, Safford and Sierra Vista

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Last updated: 04-04-2013