Governor Brown appointed Ken Harris as State Oil and Gas Supervisor and head of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources on December 7, 2015. Harris has extensive experience with complex water policy and regulatory matters, and in managing large teams to implement priority initiatives.
Harris went to work for the State Water Resources Control Board after graduate school, investigating contaminated industrial sites around Los Angeles. He held multiple positions at the Board from 1987 to 2012, including assistant deputy director, supervising engineering geologist, assistant director and senior engineering geologist. Harris was interim assistant executive officer for the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board from 2010 to 2011. He became executive officer of the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2012 before moving to DOC.
Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in Soil and Water Science at the University of California-Davis, a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science from the University of California-Santa Cruz, then a master's of Science degree in Hydrology at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Harris is a California licensed Professional Geologist.