Media Contact: Bob Walker (O) 202/208-3171 (H) 703/938-6842
For Immediate Release: August 19, 1992

Department of the Interior Solicitor Thomas L. Sansonetti today announced that an office will be opened in Palm Springs, California, and that Daniel G. Shillito has been appointed to new post as Field Solicitor

"We are exceptionally pleased to announce that the Solicitor's Office will have a very visible presence in Palm Springs to provide on-scene legal assistance for Southern California, particularly the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and its extensive real estate program in the Coachella Valley," Sansonetti said. "Dan Shillito, the new Field Solicitor, is an independent, hard-working executive. His skill and experience in both government and business will serve the needs of the BIA and the community well."

The new office, part of the Pacific Southwest Region, is scheduled to open by early September.

Shillito presently serves in Washington, D.C., as Associate Solicitor for the Division of Conservation and Wildlife. Previously, he served as the Associate Solicitor for the Division of General Law. He has extensive real estate, land use and regulatory experience in both the public and private sectors.

A graduate of the University of Dayton in 1970 and the Ohio Northern School of Law in 1973, Shillito is also a Colonel in the U.S. Marine corps Reserve. He and his wife, Maryanne, have four children and live in Falls Church, Virginia.