As recently reported by a number of news agencies, President Obama will nominate Sally Jewell, the Chief Executive Officer of REI, to be the next Secretary of the Interior. If the nomination is approved by the Senate, she will be replacing a vacancy created by Ken Salazar, who announced in January that he will be stepping down at the end of March. It is anticipated that President Obama will make the announcement this afternoon.
This morning, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that he is planning to step down at the end of March. A number of prominent elected officials from the western United States have been mentioned in the press as potential candidates for the position.