PORTLAND (AP) – A former Maine Marine Resources commissioner has a new federal post. William Brennan will head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the final months of the Bush administration.

Brennan was Maine’s marine resources commissioner in the late 1980s and early 90s.

Brennan became acting administrator of NOAA, as well as acting undersecretary of commerce, effective Nov. 1. He replaces Conrad Lautenbacher Jr., a retired vice admiral of the Navy who led the agency for seven years before stepping down last month.

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