Reno – Today, Jon Raby was officially sworn in as the Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Director by BLM’s Deputy Director for Policy Brian Steed.
In his new role, Raby will oversee about 925 employees with a budget of approximately $108 million and administer 48 million acres of surface acres public lands and 59 million subsurface acres that includes the largest mining and wild horse programs in the BLM as well as the largest fire program outside of Alaska.
“I’m looking forward to getting out on the ground, connecting with the people in the field and seeing the good work they’re doing,” Raby said. “I’m also interested in looking for ways we can use our experiences in Nevada to positively influence the rest of the Bureau.”
Raby’s career in federal service began in 1990 and includes over 20 years with the BLM in Oregon, Montana and Washington D.C. In addition to the BLM, he has also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.
A native of Indiana, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Ohio Northern University where he played defensive back for the Polar Bears. He and his wife Glendora have two daughters and two granddaughters.