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With the abrupt resignation of Beth Sellers as deputy lab director, the Los Alamos National Laboratory made a move to replace her.
In a memo to employees dated this week, lab director Charlie McMillan said Paul Henry, the Principal Associate Director for Capital Projects, to step into the role of deputy lab director.
“He has agreed to assume the new role while retaining his responsibilities as PADCAP. The transition from Beth to Paul will take place this week. Paul’s acting position is effective close of business Friday,” the memo said.
Sellers resigned effective Friday after an ethics scandal and this week was a transition period from Sellers to Henry.
According to a draft DOE Inspector General report that was obtained by the Los Alamos Monitor, Sellers and her husband William failed to to notify lab officials of a potential conflict of interest. William Sellers was awarded a contract for consulting work and the report said he also billed the lab for work that was never performed.
According to the lab’s website, Henry is the Principal Associate Director for Capital Projects.
Henry was responsible for institutional large-project construction and management and environmental cleanup functions. Henry joined the executive leadership team in 2011.
He is a Bechtel senior manager with 32 years of construction and enterprise management experience. Before coming to the lab in 2011, he served as manager of the $3.2 billion project to safely destroy the stockpile of deadly mustard chemical agent at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado.
According to the lab, Henry’s Bechtel work includes engineering and construction projects in the People’s Republic of China, development efforts in Egypt, and industrial projects across the United States.
Henry also has managed Bechtel’s North American industrial operations and has been responsible for various aspects of marketing, engineering, construction, and procurement. He was elected a principal vice president in 2010. Henry earned a B.S. in construction management from Arizona State University.