The Duluth Seaway Port Authority named its new director of government and environmental affairs Friday.

Jeff Stollenwerk, who most recently served as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Duluth region manager, will succeed Deb DeLuca in the role.

DeLuca, who was appointed executive director of the Port Authority in August 2018, said Stollenwerk will help the organization “navigate complex environmental and political landscapes.”

“Jeff brings a specialized skill set to our team at a time when our industrial redevelopment efforts are ramping up and maritime trade is addressing challenges on several fronts,” DeLuca said in a news release Friday. “His ability to negotiate and reach practical, effective solutions to complex issues has been a hallmark of his professional career.”

At the MPCA, Stollenwerk oversay water quality programs for industries across the state, the Port Authority said. He was also appointed to the Great Ships Initiative Advisory Committee, which is now known as the Great Waters Research Collaborative Advisory Committee.

Stollenwerk earned degrees in chemistry and aquatic biology from Bemidji State University.

The Port Authority is a public entity charged with promoting private trade and economic development. According to a 2011 study, the port of Duluth-Superior is directly responsible for nearly 3,000 jobs and supports an additional 8,000 in the region.