The initial search for a new Wyoming oil and gas supervisor came up empty.
On Tuesday, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission extended an offer to an applicant whose name wasn't publicly revealed. However, according to Renny MacKay, communications director for Gov. Matt Mead, the applicant didn't accept the offer.
"The most qualified candidate did choose to go another way," MacKay said Thursday.
Interim oil and gas supervisor Bob King said Thursday he had been told that the applicant didn't flatly reject the commission's offer, but had already chosen "to take a different career direction" before he was offered the position.
The commission will re-open the application process. The new search is likely to be shaped by pending state legislation that would remove a statutory requirement that the supervisor be a licensed geologist or engineer in Wyoming.
The state Legislature's Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee voted to support the bill in October. The Legislature's next scheduled session begins in January. King said he's offered the state his services as interim supervisor through the 2013 Legislative session, which will end in March.
Some of the commission members believe that removing the licensing requirement could invite a wider pool of applicants.
"That (requirement) has been an issue that the commissioners are very aware of," he said. "It’s created some potential concern as to whether or not all the candidates that might be interested in this job had applied."
Neither King nor MacKay knew whether Thursday's decision to re-open the search disqualifies candidates who have already interviewed or applied for the position. King said the commission has already interviewed some candidates who aren't licensed in the state but whose qualifications are otherwise satisfactory.
The commission is again accepting resumes from interested parties.
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