• Leadership Changes at Wyoming BLM
  • April 15, 2015
  • Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP - Denver Office
  • On January 2, BLM State Director Don Simpson resigned his post. Mary Jo Rugwell, Wyoming BLM’s Associate State Director since August 2012, took on the job of acting State Director. Ms. Rugwell is a Wyoming native and has been working for BLM for over 30 years, including as part of the fluid minerals leasing program in Wyoming, as an Assistant Field Manager for Lands & Minerals in New Mexico, as the field manager in Kemmerer, Wyoming, and as the Southern Nevada District Manager in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Larry Claypool stepped into Ms. Rugwell’s former role as Wyoming Associate State Director. A petroleum engineer by trade, for the past six years, Mr. Claypool has been the Deputy State Director for Minerals and Lands. Prior to that, Mr. Claypool worked in the BLM Casper office as Chief of the Wyoming Reservoir Management Group. Mr. Claypool has been with the BLM for 31 years.

    Filling Mr. Claypool’s former role as acting Deputy State Director for Lands and Minerals for 90 days is Duane Spencer, the Buffalo Field Office Manager. Mr. Spencer has worked for BLM for 30 years and has been in the Buffalo Field Office since March 2009. He has also held various BLM posts in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.