Shaun McGrath
DEQ Director

The DEQ Director's Office carries out the department's mission and statutory responsibilities by administering, managing, planning and evaluating total agency performance.

Shaun McGrath was appointed as Director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality by Governor Steve Bullock in November 2018. McGrath most recently served as Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Region 8 in Denver. He was the Deputy Director for the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs acting as a liaison between the Obama Administration's White House and the nation's governors. He spent 14 years as a Program Director working on behalf of the bipartisan Western Governors' Association, including during the tenures of Montana Governors Marc Racicot, Judy Martz, and Brian Schweitzer. His career started in Kansas as a Governor’s Fellow under Republican Governor Mike Hayden, and led to an appointment as Trade Manager for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s European Office in Stuttgart, Germany.  He served as Mayor of Boulder, Colorado, from 2007-2009, and was elected twice to the Boulder City Council.  McGrath has a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German from Kansas State University.  

The director oversees the development of appropriate policies and procedures throughout all organizational units of the agency and makes sure the structure supports optimum efficiency, consistency, and capability for planning, consultation and decision-making.

The Director's Office includes the director's staff and a centralized Legal Services Unit. The Financial Services Office is housed under the Centralized Services Division and is an extension of the director's responsibility and ability to provide budgeting, accounting, procurement, and contract management.

The DEQ Enforcement Program is also within the Director's Office. Please consult the Left-Hand Navigation for more information and staff contacts for Enforcement.

Please visit the Director's Office Contacts page to find a Director's Office contact.