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Ehm, division administrator of DNR environmental side, to retire

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Department of Natural Resources Environmental Services Division Administrator Bill Ehm has announced his retirement, set for Sept. 20.

Ehm has led the DNR’s environmental division for seven years and previously served as a commissioner and chair on the Environmental Protection Commission, beginning in 1989.

“We are extremely grateful for Bill’s work and dedication to our department,” said Acting DNR Director Bruce Trautman. “His leadership has opened new doors and taken our environmental work and advocacy to new heights. Bill will certainly be missed and the impact he’s had on our great state.” 

Ehm, a resident of West Des Moines and a native of Creston, has also served the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and as a farmer in his hometown of Creston. 

“To have the good fortune to lead the great staff of the Environmental Services Division has been a true joy,” Ehm said. “Their dedication to the conservation and enhancement of Iowa’s natural resources is matched only by their commitment to serving the public in a positive and proactive matter. I leave a team of leaders of which I am very proud.” 

Ehm plans to spend time with his wife, kids and 16 grandchildren, as well as his parents and their farm in southern Iowa.