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Posted 4/20/2016

Release no. 20160420-001

Kevin Quinn


Darin McMurry

Glasgow, MT—Darin McMurry has been selected as the new Operations Project Manager (OPM) for the Fort Peck Dam Project in Fort Peck, Montana. McMurry will replace John Daggett who retires June 3. 

Fort Peck Dam, located on the Missouri River in Montana, is the upper most dam of the six main stem dams the Corps operates.  Responsibilities for the OPM include Emergency Operations within the project boundary, which takes in most of Montana and northern Wyoming; contracting work assigned to the office; environmental compliance; inter-agency coordination and public relations within the project area.

McMurry is currently the Deputy Operations Project Manager and Chief of the Natural Resource Section for the Fort Peck Project. He’s  responsible for the oversight of 21 recreational areas, four marina concessions, 366 leased cabin sites and a visitor center in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service and the non-profit organization Fort Peck Paleontology, Inc. Additionally, McMurry is responsible for the threatened and endangered species monitoring program and contract administration. Among other qualifications, he brings extensive experience with more than 29 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Prior to coming to Fort Peck, McMurry worked at Cecil M. Harden and Cagles Mill Lakes in the USACE Louisville District as a park ranger, cruising timber, writing management objectives, and managing shoreline activities.

Born in Waveland, Indiana, McMurry attended Central Oregon Community College prior to earning his bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from Purdue University in 1986.

Current Fort Peck OPM John Daggett will retire June 3 and hand down the responsibilities for the operation and maintenance of the Fort Peck Project,  which includes the Fort Peck Dam and associated structures, i.e. two power plants, a spillway and outlet works.

Daggett was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, and grew up in Harlowton, Montana, where he graduated high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Montana.

Mr. Daggett has served as Operations Project Manager since October of 2004.  From 1991 to 2004 he was the Project Engineer at Fort Peck. Prior to coming to Fort Peck in September of 1991, Daggett was a Facility Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation at Seminoe and Kortes Dams on the North Platte River in Wyoming. 

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