CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (EM) announced today the appointment of Jeffrey Kash Grimes as Director of the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC).
Since December 29, 2017, Mr. Grimes has served as Acting Director of the EMCBC, which provides business and technical support services to sites in the DOE complex where EM is performing environmental cleanup from the legacy of 50 years of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear research. He joined the Department of Energy in 2016 as Deputy Director of the EMCBC, which is based in Cincinnati.
“Kash is a disciplined and respected leader with extensive experience that positions him well to lead the EMCBC,” said James Owendoff, EM Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. “He has demonstrated leadership while at DOE and before then as a respected Navy officer.”
“I am privileged to be chosen to continue to work alongside the talented and dedicated men and women of the EMCBC and our sites as the Director. I look forward to helping them support the Office of Environmental Management as we work to complete our important cleanup mission,” Grimes said.
The EMCBC has two primary responsibilities. It puts contracts in place for all EM cleanup work and it has line management authority for selected EM field sites including the Energy Technology Engineering Center in California; the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Project in Utah; the Nevada National Security Site; the Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) in New York; the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) in New York; and EM cleanup work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California and the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in New York.
Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Grimes served with distinction in the United States Navy, retiring as a Captain in the Supply Corps. His final assignment was Deputy Assistant Commander for Contracts at the Naval Air Systems Command where he managed an 800-plus person organization performing business and contracting functions at five major sites nationwide for 140 major acquisition programs involving 22,000 contract actions totaling $28 billion.
His other military assignments included two command tours, Commanding Officer of Priority Material Office, Bremerton, WA, and Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency, Denver.
A native of Versailles, Kentucky, Mr. Grimes attended the University of Kentucky, earning a Bachelor of Business Management in Finance and a Juris Doctor degree. He also earned a Masters of Science in Management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and completed the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University in New York, NY.