Hintze will head EM at field office

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The Department of Energy’s Office of Emergency Management announced Monday that Douglas E. Hintze will be the new manager as the manager of the new EM Los Alamos Field Office (LAFO).
Hintze comes to Los Alamos after serving as the assistant manager for Mission Support at the DOE Savannah River Operations Office since September 2012.
“Doug’s experience in helping to manage work at one of our largest cleanup sites makes him an excellent choice to head up (Emergency Management at LAFO) as we continue to assume direct responsibility for the remaining legacy cleanup activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory,” acting EM Assistant Secretary Mark Whitney said.
EM established the EM-LA Field Office in March as part of transitioning direct responsibility for the remaining legacy cleanup at the laboratory from the National Nuclear Security Administration to EM.
The work includes transuranic waste disposition, soil and groundwater remediation and decommissioning and demolition of aging facilities.
Christine Gelles, EM associate deputy assistant secretary for Waste Management, headed the office in an acting capacity before Hintze was named manager.
“I want to thank Christine for her time and service in helping stand up the new EM-LA Field Office and guiding the initial transition activities,” Whitney said.
A member of the Senior Executive Service since 2008, Hintze has more than 22 years of experience in engineering, safety, health, process development and management of DOE nuclear facilities. Previously, Hintze has been involved in chemical processing, waste management and information technology.
At Savannah River, he served as assistant manager for Integration and Planning, acting chief financial officer and director of the Nuclear Materials Operations, Waste Disposition Programs, and Information Management and Technology divisions.
Prior to joining DOE, Hintze served nine years with the U.S. Navy, with assignments including project officer for Strategic Systems Programs and division officer on board the submarine USS Florida.
He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve with the rank of captain after 30 years of active and reserve service.
Hintze owns two master’s degrees, one in business administration from Virginia Tech, and the other in national security-strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
He completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Executive Leadership Program, Federal Executive Institute, Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I and Advanced JPME.
Hintze is qualified in the DOE Technical Qualification Program as a senior technical safety manager and certified as a Level III Federal Project Director.