Today, Gov. Edwards expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Colonel Michael N. Clancy, the outgoing Commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New Orleans District. Col. Clancy's three-year term with the New Orleans District ends on June 11, 2019.
Col. Clancy will deploy to Afghanistan upon completion of his current assignment. Col. Stephen F. Murphy has been appointed to replace Col. Clancy as the new district commander in New Orleans.
“There has been no Corps district commander in history who has accomplished more for Louisiana in his three-year term than Col. Clancy,” said Gov. Edwards. “His leadership, dedication and focus on the mission led to a true partnership between the state and the local governments throughout his district. Col. Clancy helped strengthen the Corps throughout his tenure and in turn, he leaves our state a better place than he found it. On behalf of the entire state, I want to thank Col. Clancy for his service to our country and state. We wish him well with his next assignment in Afghanistan, and I look forward to working with Col. Murphy to continue the mission at hand."
A licensed professional civil engineer, Col. Clancy is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in engineering management, and master’s degrees in civil engineering and strategy. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Defense Acquisitions University, EPA’s Watershed Academy and FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.
“The opportunity to work alongside the dedicated and resilient men and women of the New Orleans District has been a great honor,” said Col. Clancy. “Through our strong partnership with Governor Edwards and his tireless team, we have and will continue to make great strides in defending and preserving an environment, culture, and way of life that is uniquely Louisiana.”
In assuming the role of Commander and District Engineer for the New Orleans District in June 2016, Col. Clancy faced a tremendous challenge. The district is responsible for one of the largest civil works programs within the USACE, including 2,800 miles of navigable waterways, five of the top fifteen ports in the nation, 1,300 miles of levees and floodwalls, 11 navigation locks, six major flood control structures, and other projects designed to create and protect coastal wetlands. Three years later, state officials laud his efforts.
“Accomplishing Louisiana’s coastal protection and restoration goals would not be possible without the USACE’s strong and capable partnership,” said Chip Kline, Chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board. “Over the past three years, Col. Clancy and his team have worked side by side with the CPRA during emergencies like we are experiencing today along the Mississippi River and through the more day-to-day work of permitting and advancing projects. We sincerely thank Col. Clancy for his leadership and we look forward to building on our relationship with the New Orleans District under Col. Murphy.”
During Col. Clancy’s tenure the Corps met more than 300 milestones, obligating nearly $4 billion to district projects, obtaining authorization for a 50-foot draft depth of the lower Mississippi River, reprogramming funding for the New Orleans Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS), and streamlining the work approval process so more could be accomplished in a shorter time frame.
“I would like to commend Col. Clancy’s commitment to public outreach and his active engagement with critical stakeholders across Louisiana,” said CPRA Executive Director Bren Haase. “Though extremely busy in his job, he conducted over 150 media and public speaking engagements, made presentations to the CPRA Board, the New Orleans City Council, the Louisiana Legislature's Comite River Task Force, and started a series of monthly In Progress Reviews across the district to improve synchronization between internal and external stakeholders.”
“From the beginning of Col. Clancy’s command, he sought out the opinions and issues faced by local governments and other stakeholders. He took that input and chipped away at the complex issues facing projects like the Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps in New Orleans, ensuring that the non-federal sponsors were prepared to operate the pump stations and overseeing turnover to the local authorities in time for the 2018 hurricane season,” said CPRA Operations Chief Ignacio Harrouch. “His sense of urgency and cooperative approach produced extremely fruitful results for the Corps and its local partners. I look forward to working with Col. Murphy on a resolution of other complex issues facing the area."
Click here to read Gov. Edwards' commendation for Col. Clancy.