Jay Mullis, who has led Oak Ridge’s federal cleanup program for more than five years, is now working in U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Mullis became the acting associate principal deputy assistant secretary for regulatory and policy affairs on November 1. He will serve in that position until it is filled. He replaces Mark Gilbertson, who retired from federal service at the end of October.
With Mullis going to Washington, D.C., Laura Wilkerson has been named acting manager for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM).
As manager of cleanup work in Oak Ridge, Mullis has been responsible for an annual budget of more than $650 million that supports environmental cleanup and stewardship, decontamination and decommissioning, waste processing and management, surveillance and maintenance programs, historic preservation, and procurement and contract functions, according to DOE.
Wilkerson has been the deputy manager of OREM, and she has had a variety of leadership positions supporting the department’s cleanup activities at Oak Ridge, according to DOE. She has more than 30 years of experience directing and managing technical programs and projects for the department.
Mullis had been manager of the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management since November 2017. He had previously served as OREM acting manager since October 2016 and had been deputy manager since February 2015.
OREM is responsible for environmental cleanup across the 32,400-acre Oak Ridge Reservation, which includes East Tennessee Technology Park, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Y-12 National Security Complex. Projects have included, for example, demolition of the large gaseous diffusion buildings at ETTP and the Biology Complex at Y-12.
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