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Chief Deputy Director
Aaron Keatley is chief deputy director at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). He is responsible for the management of Michigan’s environmental programs and the coordination of the many environmental challenges that require concerted efforts among multiple partners and stakeholders.
Born in California and raised in southwest Michigan, Aaron returned to Michigan after a 25-year career at the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. In Kentucky, he was appointed to multiple leadership positions by both Republican and Democratic governors. He finished his public service in Kentucky as the commonwealth’s environmental commissioner.
Leadership roles in waste management, water quality, enforcement, and compliance assistance have provided diverse experiences and broad perspective, enabling him to see beyond the program silos that can define government agencies. He is committed to applying this perspective while seeking collaborative partnerships that produce meaningful results.
Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries management from Michigan State University. He also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky.
He lives with his wife, Andrea, in their home along the Grand River. When he is not at work, he enjoys time outdoors, including fly fishing and birding.