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Shawn LaTourette. (Photo: New Jersey Business and Industry Association.)

LaTourette will serve as acting DEP commissioner as Murphy search continues

By David Wildstein, January 13 2021 2:50 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy named Shawn LaTourette as the acting Commissioner of Environmental Protection but said that a permanent replacement for Catherine McCabe has not yet been identified.

McCabe, a former a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator who moved to New Jersey to join the Murphy administration in 2018, announced in December that she was retiring.  Her last day is Saturday.

LaTourette has been McCabe’s number two and effectively managing the department on a day to day basis.  He joined the Murphy administration as chief counsel at the DEP after working in the environmental law practice at Gibbons.   LaTourette also chaired the LGBT Rights Section of the New Jersey Bar Association for four years.

Sources had said Murphy is also likely consider Olivia Glenn, the deputy DEP commissioner for Environmental Justice and Equity.

Glenn has degrees from Dartmouth and Yale and worked as the Urban Initiatives and Outreach coordinator at the DEP under previous Democratic governors before Murphy recruited her to serve as director of the state Division of Parks and Forestry.

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