Navigator for the Bureau of Land Management’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, Michael J. Daugherty, will be promoted from his position on the Navajo-owned Navajo-controlled Navajo and Navajo-managed Navajo Corporation to the navigator position for the BLM.
Daghherty will replace William P. Jones, who will retire on March 10.
Jones served as navigator for the Navajo Nation from 2005 to 2014.
Dagherty was hired by the BLM in 2014 to serve as the director of the Bureau’s navigator program.
He was appointed in June 2016 by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to the position.
Navigator position on BLM’s website Daugher will be the first Navajo-led navigator to serve in the position since former BLM Secretary Scott Waring took over in December 2018.
Dags head of the navigators office, John J. Coughlin, who previously served as deputy secretary for the agency, has been appointed deputy director of navigators.
He previously worked as assistant secretary for policy and management for the Interior Department from 2015 to 2018.
Navigators are navigators who perform fieldwork and provide direct services for the land management, law enforcement, transportation, and other public safety departments.
They typically work in partnership with a BLM team of two to three navigators, who are also trained in environmental sciences, emergency management, land survey, geology, water quality, and more.