Clyde Cristman became DCR director on April 1, 2014. He has more than 30 years of experience in budgeting, strategic planning, human resource management and oversight of various state and local government programs.
He served as Legislative Fiscal Analyst for the General Assembly Senate Finance Committee from 2007 through April. In that capacity, he advised senators on agriculture, forestry, natural resources, land conservation, Chesapeake Bay clean-up, land preservation tax credits and more. He also monitored agencies’ expenditures and compliance with state laws, regulations and polices.
From 2006 to 2007, Cristman served as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety. There he helped administer 14 state agencies with more than 22,000 employees and a total budget exceeding $2.5 billion. From 2003 to 2006, he directed the Virginia Department of Charitable Gaming. From 1998 to 2003, he served the House Appropriations Committee as a legislative fiscal analyst, a position in which he provided staff support to Natural Resources and Public Safety subcommittees. He also directed the Hampton-Newport News Criminal Justice Agency for six years starting in 1992.
Cristman volunteers as a land steward for the Civil War Trust. He helps manage historic properties in Hanover and Henrico counties, gives battlefield tours, helps maintain several historic structures and provides security.