News Release USDL: 96-02
Thursday, January 11, 1996
Contact: Lola DeGroff (202) 219-8151
OSHA Safety and Health Official Named Agency's Deputy Assistant
Michael G. Conners, administrator of the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) Chicago regional office, has been named
the agency's new deputy assistant secretary. He will assume his new
duties on January 17.
As deputy assistant secretary, Conners will direct and coordinate
the activities of OSHA's regional and area offices. He will also
be responsible for OSHA's directorates of federal and state operations,
compliance programs and construction.
Assistant Secretary of Labor, Joseph A. Dear called Conners, "an
excellent addition to his national office staff."
"Mike brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the deputy
assistant secretary position," he said. "He was a pivotal player
on our aea office redesign team and will provide a key role in
implementing the agency's reinvention efforts in the field. He
is also known as a strong enforcer of workplace safety and health
Before beginning work in OSHA's Cincinnati area office, Conners
worked as an industrial hygienist for the State of Ohio. He assumed
duties as assistant regional administrator for technical support in
the Chicago regional office in November 1980. In April 1982, he was
named that region's deputy regional administrator, a position he
held until assuming regional administrator duties in April 1988.
He and his wife, Susan Salem, have one daughter. Conners has a
bachelor of arts degree in zoology from Miami University, Oxford,
Ohio, and a master of science degree in environmental health from
the University of Cincinnati.
Conners replaces James W. Stanley, who is leaving OSHA to work
in the private industry.