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Kevin Smith will leave his post as Los Alamos Site Office manager and will become the manager of the Office of River Protection in January, the Department of Energy announced in a release Tuesday.
The ORP position came open when DOE also announced that Scott Samuelson, manager of the Office of River Protection, will leave EM in January, to return to NNSA, where he previously worked from the date it was formed in 2000.
“Scott and Kevin are key senior executives in the Department of Energy,” said Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “I have asked Scott and Kevin to take on these new roles in order to align the talent we have with some of our toughest challenges. EM and NNSA have a lot to learn from each other, and Scott and Kevin are well-prepared to help us tackle these issues in the years to come.”
The moves will become effective Dec. 30.
Juan Griego, currently deputy manager of LASO, will serve as the acting LASO manager upon Smith’s departure.
As the ORP manager, Smith will initially focus on achieving the current ORP near-term goals of resolving remaining technical issues associated with the High-Level Waste and Pretreatment facilities at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant; completing construction of the WTP Low Activity Waste, Analytical Laboratory and Balance of Facilities; establishing a new baseline for the WTP project; and continuing to safely retrieve and manage the radioactive waste stored in the aging underground tanks at the Hanford Site in eastern Washington State.
“Kevin has nearly 20 years of experience leading major organizations throughout his distinguished career in the Air Force and with the Department of Energy,” said Dave Huizenga, senior advisor for EM. “He is well-suited for leading a diverse organization with a challenging mission.”
Smith came to Los Alamos in June of 2010 and was the Acting Site Office Manager for the Kansas City Site Office. His past DOE assignments included being Deputy Manager for the Y-12 Site Office and Assistant Manager for the Nuclear Materials Stabilization Project at Savannah River.
While in the Air Force, he served in a number of senior capacities to include being an F-16 Squadron Commander, F-117 Stealth Fighter Group Commander, Deputy J3 for U.S. Forces Korea, and Chief of Safety for Air Combat Command.
In addition, Smith has received a number of awards to include the DOE Exceptional Service Award, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star Medal.
Smith has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Air Force Academy, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in management from Troy State University.
Smith is originally from Washington State.