Tom Zale has returned to the El Centro Field Office as the multi-resource staff chief, responsible for an interagency team specializing in archeology, wildlife biology, botany, rangeland management, geology, lands and realty, wilderness management and planning and environmental coordination.
Tom received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the State University of New York at Brockport in 1977. He began his career with BLM as an archeologist in Roswell, New Mexico in 1978. He helped establish the field office in Carlsbad, New Mexico in 1979. He later moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and then Rawlins, Wyoming. In 1990 he moved to El Centro. Between 1999 and 2006, Tom commuted to Yuma, Arizona where he was the assistant field manager for resources, lands and minerals. He also served as the acting field manager for 13 months.
Tom and his wife, Deborah reside in Imperial, California. They have two grown daughters and a 2-year old granddaughter (he gets particular enjoyment from her hugs and kisses). Tom enjoys vacationing with his wife -- "She plans excellent road trips," he says. He also gets a charge out of playing something on guitar but, says he isn't ready to give up his day job. He plays golf and loves to occasionally foray above the tree line (see the photo above).