Long Beach City College board member will soon split his time between here and Sacramento to help the state become less dependent on fossil fuels.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday, Oct. 12, that he appointed Uduak-Joe Ntuk as the new supervisor of the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources at the California Department of Conservation. The job pays $209,940 annually.
Ntuk said Monday, Oct. 14, that he could not comment on the new job and referred questions to Newsom’s office; a representative for the Governor’s Office did not respond to a request for comment.
Ntuk’s appointment is unlikely to impact his role as the trustee representing City College’s First District, which includes Bixby Knolls and North Long Beach. But Ntuk will leave his petroleum administrator position with the City of Los Angeles, which he has held since 2016.
Ntuk will continue living in Long Beach, but will commute to Sacramento.
Newsom announced Ntuk’s appointment in a statement about broader reforms to move California away from fossil fuels.
Newsom said the “new leadership” would help create a new path for addressing the state’s energy needs.
“California is a leader in the fight to transition away from fossil fuels,” Newsom said in a statement. “These reforms and new leadership will enhance safety of existing oil wells, refocus the state’s geologic energy division to better consider public health and fight against the Trump Administration’s efforts to expand oil extraction in California.”