Richard McDaniel, BS, REHS
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Richard began his career with the Oklahoma State Health Department in 1990. Job duties at this time entailed performing food, water, wastewater, daycare, swimming pool and barber shop inspections.
In 1993, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality was formed and he transferred to the new agency. The DEQ performs regulatory functions for water, wastewater, solid waste and air quality facilities. Richard is now a District Manager for the western half of the state and is over the Storm water Program for Environmental Complaints and Local Services (ECLS).
Duties at the DEQ include working with the New Employee Training Program as well as overseeing debris management for disasters that seem to occur all too often in Oklahoma.
Leadership Development Opportunities
This has been a wonderful experience to be a part of EPHLI. It has been an eye opening experience for me to see how I perceive myself and my leadership skills and how I am perceived by others. I have learned ways to look at things that allow me to see beyond what I think are problems and see how it can affect others. I have made many friends and contacts through this program that I believe will be valuable resources for years to come. I feel that some of the leadership skills that I have developed from this class and the assignments we have worked on will be of great benefit to me personally and also to the agency that I work for. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with my team members and the staff of EPHLI.