Gerald D. Reid

Gerald D. Reid
  • Director, RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors

  • Commissioner, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Governor Janet T. Mills appointed Jerry Reid to be Commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection following her inauguration in January, 2019. Mr. Reid had served in the Maine Attorney General's Office for 24 years, including as Chief of the Office's Natural Resources Division for the preceding 12 years.

The focus of his practice in the Attorney General's Office was enforcement and appellate work under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Maine's hazardous waste and land use statutes. He also worked extensively on issues arising under the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act. Mr. Reid's reported cases include Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007) (establishing EPA's obligation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act); S.D. Warren v. Maine Bd. of Envtl. Prot., 547 U.S. 370 (2006) (upholding fish passage conditions on hydroelectric relicensing); Forest Ecology Network v. Land Use Regulation Commission, 2012 ME 36 (upholding rezoning decision requiring conservation easement of more than 400,000 acres); FPL Maine Hydro LLC v. Maine Bd. of Envtl. Prot., 2007 ME 97 (upholding state authority to ensure compliance with water quality standards during federal dam relicensing); and Save our Sebasticook v. Dep't of Envtl. Prot., 2007 ME 102 (upholding regulatory decisions associated with removal of Fort Halifax Dam).

In his free time Mr. Reid enjoys fishing, camping and exploring in Maine's North Woods. He is a lifetime member of the Maine Archaeology Society. Mr. Reid holds a BA in Classics from Wesleyan University, and is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law.