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Release Date: 06/06/11
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BLM Announces Two New Leadership Appointments

Washington, D.C. – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Robert Abbey today announced selections for two key positions on the agency’s Executive Leadership Team. Dr. John Lyon will become State Director of the BLM’s Eastern States Office and Salvatore “Sal” Lauro will assume responsibilities as Director of Law Enforcement and Security.

Dr. John Lyon will serve as the new State Director for the BLM-Eastern States. “As a scientist and engineer, John brings a comprehensive knowledge of civil engineering and natural resources, including energy, air and water, to the BLM,” Abbey said. “His has also a proven track record in managing complex federal programs and will be a valuable member of the BLM’s leadership team.”

Lyon has served as a senior scientist and division director in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was responsible for geospatial issues and worked on science policy with several agencies, including the White House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the US Geological Survey and the Army Corps of Engineers. As a research director for the Environmental Protection Agency, he administered laboratory personnel and facilities in Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia with a focus on waste remediation, landscape sciences, and analytical chemistry.

Lyon also possesses wide-ranging experience as an educator at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he taught courses in civil engineering and natural resources, including surveying, remote sensing, and applications to agriculture, watersheds, and reclamation.

An Oregon native, Lyon received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College in Portland before moving east to earn a Master’s degree in remote sensing and Doctorate in natural resources from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

Sal Lauro, who most recently served as a Senior Advisor for Law Enforcement and Security to Secretary of the Interior, will head up the BLM’s law enforcement operation where he will oversee approximately 275 law enforcement officers responsible for protecting public safety and natural resources on 245 million acres of BLM-managed public lands. Lauro has nearly 33 years of law enforcement experience within Interior and prior to joining the Office of the Secretary, he concluded a 29-year career with the United States Park Police, serving as Chief for the final three years. 

Abbey welcomed Lauro’s selection “I’m grateful that Sal has agreed to join the bureau, bringing with him an unparalleled understanding of the important role of law enforcement in promoting public health and safety and in protecting our nation’s natural resources.” 

Lauro served in several capacities during his career with the United States Park Police, including four years in the mid 1990s as the Regional Law Enforcement Specialist based in Santa Fe, NM. In that position he worked directly with the NPS Rangers assigned to the region and oversaw all aspects of law enforcement and visitor protection. In this capacity, he worked closely with the BLM on a number of issues, including as part of a multi-agency review team that recommended changes to the BLM’s staffing and operations at Imperial Sand Dunes following several incidents during peak holiday visitation periods.

Lauro is a Distinguished Graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the FBI National Academy, and holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, NY. He is a native of Brooklyn, NY and now resides in Northern Virginia with his family.      

Lyon and Lauro will report to their new positions in mid-June.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 06-06-2011