Michael Bromwich, known to Alaskans and others in oil producing states as one of the chief deciders in the Obama administration's offshore drilling team, will be leaving public service at the end of 2011 to pursue a position in the private sector.
Bromwich will spend his remaining days with Interior as an adviser to Secretary Ken Salazar and, according to the Times-Picayune, will likely be succeeded by retiring Coast Guard Rear Adm. James Watson, who was the federal site coordinator for government response during the Deepwater Horizon incident.
Bromwich was in Anchorage earlier this year and, as the Alaska Dispatch reported, he "called out" Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on allegations that the federal government had imposed a moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration.
Read more about Bromwich's tenure overseeing national offshore drilling policy at the Times-Picayune.