Chief, Oil and Gas Resources Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
As Chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources'; Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management, Rick Simmers is responsible for enforcing Ohio's laws related to oil and gas drilling, production, plugging, orphan wells, solution mining, enhanced recovery, gas storage and underground injection control operations. An ODNR career employee, Simmers began working for the Oil and Gas Program in 1985. Over the years he has served as a staff geologist, ground water investigator, acting chief and statewide field enforcement administrator. Simmers earned both a Master of Science degree and Bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Akron. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Akron. He is currently serving as Ohio's representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and has also served on the Ground Water Protection Council.