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USACE Vicksburg District announces new Regulatory Chief

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District announces the selection of Kristina “Kristi” Hall as the new Regulatory Division chief.

The mission of the USACE Regulatory Program is to protect the Nation's aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible, and balanced permit decisions. In her new position, Hall will oversee and manage the actions and requests that are submitted regarding the waters or wetlands within the district’s area of responsibility, as well as maintain the mitigation program to offset the losses to the aquatic environment.

“I am honored to be selected as the next Regulatory Division chief for the Vicksburg District,” said Hall. “We have an excellent team of professionals, dedicated to the Regulatory Mission, and I look forward to working with them, our agency partners, and applicants to deliver the program.”

Hall previously served as the district’s strategic planner where she oversaw employee development programs, administered knowledge and quality management activities, and was the lead coordinator for the district’s executive staff, senior USACE leaders, and district partners.

Serving as an environmental scientist with private engineering firms and the Mississippi Department of Transportation, as well as a contractor with the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory, Hall has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. In addition, she has worked as the Regulatory Division’s lead for compensatory mitigation, National Environmental Policy Act matters, and geographic information systems. Prior to her work with USACE, she owned and operated her own environmental consulting firm.

Hall is a professional Wetland Scientist and holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in fisheries and wildlife biology from Colorado State University. She is a Mississippi Valley Division Emerging Leader and manager of the Vicksburg Leader Development Program. Hall is a proud resident of Vicksburg, Mississippi, an avid runner, an enthusiastic supporter of her children’s sports, and a member of the St. Alban’s Episcopal Church’s vestry. She and her husband, Andy Hall, the district’s Navigation Section chief in the River Operations Branch, have two teenage children.

Also recently joining Regulatory Division’s leadership team is Bryan Williamson as chief of the Permit and Evaluation Branch and Jerry Bourne as chief of the Enforcement and Compliance Branch. Over the next year, Hall, Williamson, Bourne and the rest of their team hope to continue the district’s tradition of providing reasonable and compliant permit decisions that best serve the public’s interest.

The USACE Vicksburg District is engineering solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline Mississippi River levees. The Vicksburg District is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.