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John G. Parrish,
Appointed California State Geologist 2005

John G. Parrish, Ph.D., has been appointed the new California State Geologist filling the position that has been vacant for nearly two years. The State Geologist provides technical information and advice to the Governor, State agencies, the professional community, and the public on all issues pertaining to California geology, geologic hazards, engineering geology, and the State's mineral resources. He is the chief administrator of the California Geological Survey (CGS) within the Department of Conservation. In that capacity he ensures that CGS maintains its partnership with the people of California in fulfilling its mission of providing the highest quality geotechnical expertise and information for the betterment of the State's economy, environment, and above all its public safety.

Doctor Parrish comes to the State Geologist position directly from the State Mining and Geology Board (SMGB) where he served for over a decade as the Board's Executive Officer. He will serve in both capacities while the search for a new SMGB Executive Officer continues.

Prior to his term at SMGB he was Executive Officer for the State Board of Registration for Geologists and Geophysicists, Department of Consumer Affairs. He has spent twenty years in the private sector in the natural resources industries. Most prominently with Tenneco Oil Company and Santa Fe Energy Resources, Inc. He has managed geological projects around the world in places such as the United Kingdom, Texas, Colorado, Okalahoma, and California.

Doctor Parrish obtained his Ph. D. in geology from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. He has earned a M.S. degree in geology from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas and a M.B.A. degree in finance through the California State University system. His B.S. degree in geology is from the University of Redlands, California. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. Doctor Parrish is a California Registered Geologist and a California Registered Environmental Assessor. He has an OSHA Cal-OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Materials Certificate and he is certified by the Mine Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. Doctor Parrish also has his private pilot license.

John Parrish has received many professional awards throughout his career. Most recently he was named the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Tom T. Galey Sr. Public Service Award given each year by the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Commenting on his new appointment Doctor Parrish recently said, "I look at it as the best state geologist job in the nation. California is the most geologically diverse and seismically active state in the nation, and we went and put a huge population on top of it. So heading up CGS means heading up the premier geological survey in the country and that's a lot to live up to."

Contact the State Geologist:
Office of the State Geologist
California Geological Survey
801 K Street, MS 12-30
Sacramento, CA   95814
Phone: 916.445.1825
Fax: 916.445.5718