John began his tenure as the Director of the Submerged Lands Program (SLP) within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in October 2014. The SLP, now in its 37th year, seeks to compensate the public for the loss of their Public Trust Rights by issuing a lease or easement whenever an entity places a structure such as a dock, pier, float or submarine cable on or over publicly owned submerged lands. Lease fees are used to provide annual grants to municipalities and other state agencies for the purposes of harbor management and improving public access to Maine’s coastal waters and Great Ponds. He also oversees the State’s Sunken Log Salvage Program, Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Program and the Coastal Islands Registry. Prior to joining the Department, John was program manager at Eastern Maine Development Corporation and worked closely with local, state and federal officials on regional transportation, land use, tourism, economic development and conservation projects. John lives in Orland, is a part-time captain of a 21-passenger sightseeing boat and water taxi in the MDI area and, when time allows, enjoys running his own boat out of the Union River.