White House to withdraw Pendley nomination to head BLM

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Photo courtesy of BLM, William Perry Pendley

The White House plans to withdraw its nomination of former Colorado attorney William Perry Pendley to head the federal Bureau of Land Management, according to news reports confirmed by the Department of the Interior.

Colorado Politics reports that Pendley has been BLM’s deputy director for programs and policy since July 2019. In June, President Trump announced he would nominate Pendley for director. 

In a statement, the Department of Interior confirmed the withdrawal, but said that “the President makes staffing decisions. Mr. Pendley continues to lead the Bureau of Land Management as Deputy Director for Programs and Policy.”

President Trump will announce Pendley’s withdrawal after the Senate comes back from its August recess, the department confirmed.

Calls and emails to the BLM and Pendley for comment were not immediately returned.

Pendley’s nomination, as well as his leadership of BLM, has been controversial from the start. 

A native of Cheyenne, Pendley has been in charge of the BLM as it completed a move to Grand Junction. He formerly led the Lakewood-based Mountain States Legal Foundation, which has advocated for selling off federal lands in Western states. Pendley had said he would not move to Grand Junction.

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