ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - October 26, 2009) - Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has nominated Allen Barnes to be the new Director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). Gov. Perdue has asked the Georgia Board of Natural Resources to confirm the appointment at its meeting on October 28, 2009. Barnes is a partner in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding, practicing environmental law.

Barnes has a distinguished career of public and private service in environmental management, law and education. From 2002 through 2005, he served as the Chief of Staff to the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 Administrator. In that position, he worked closely with Georgia EPD and the other seven southeastern states' environmental agencies and EPA headquarters in Washington. He also served as the Interim Director of the Office of External Affairs at EPA Region 4, working with U.S. senators, congressmen and their state counterparts. At EPA, he worked on the most significant environmental issues in the Southeast.

Prior to joining EPA in 2002, Barnes taught environmental policy and law at Mississippi State University from 1995 to 2002. From 1983 to 1995 in Pensacola, Fla., he was in private practice, served as a prosecutor for the State of Florida and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He joined King & Spalding as a partner in the environmental section in 2005.

Barnes earned a J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi and a B.S. degree from the University of West Florida.

Robert D. Hays, Jr., Chairman of King & Spalding, applauded Barnes' appointment by Gov. Perdue and noted, "Allen has served as a senior EPA official, a federal and state prosecutor, a teacher and an environmental lawyer. In each of these positions he has been a leader who has demonstrated the ability to listen to competing interests and fashion solutions that further the public interest in the protection of the environment and sustainability of the economy."

Hays added, "We are sorry to lose him at King & Spalding, but honored that Allen has been chosen for this important position. This appointment is consistent with the long tradition of King & Spalding lawyers who have performed public service by agreeing to serve in key positions in our state and federal governments."

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