Sounding a strong “business-friendly” tone, Republican Gov. Paul R. LePage on Jan. 7 nominated three more members of his Cabinet.

Darryl N. Brown, a former Republican legislator from Livermore Falls and, since 1972, the founder and president of Main-Land Development Consultants Inc., was selected as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection.

Norman Olsen, a former commercial fisherman, fisheries executive, federal fisheries regulator and U.S. diplomat, was chosen by LePage to be commissioner of the Department of Marine Fisheries.

Philip A. Congdon, a licensed professional engineer with 45 years of experience in management, business acquisition, and hands-on design and analysis of complex technical systems was named commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.

LePage also named two more members of his staff. Stephen Bowen, a former teacher and legislator, was named senior policy adviser on education and Mary Mayhew was named senior policy adviser on health care.

LePage’s Cabinet nominees must go before the appropriate legislative committees in public hearings and then go to the state Senate for votes of confirmation.

In introducing Brown as his top pick for the DEP, LePage returned to his theme that Maine’s regulations on business are too complicated and time-consuming.

“Maine is rated 48th in having regulations that are too tough,” said the newly inaugurated governor. “The DEP is adversarial and it needs to change.”

LePage said Brown “certainly knows what needs to be done. Simplicity is what I’m going to ask Mr. Brown to undertake. I would hate to see another situation like that with Plum Creek, which was a multi-year process.”

LePage was referring to the massive and controversial Plum Creek development on the shores of Moosehead Lake that was heard mostly by the Land Use Regulation Commission within the Department of Conservation. “I would accuse DEP of being deliberately slow in carrying out regulations,” LePage said.

“Gov. LePage is committed to maintaining a clean and healthy environment. We need to be sure that a healthy business climate can be compatible with that environment. We’re going to be putting people before politics,” said Brown.

“The department needs to put on a friendly face. It needs to cut the time for approving projects in half. We need to review our regulations. A lot of what DEP does can be turned back to the municipalities.”

In conclusion LePage said, “The state of Maine has been anti-business for many years. The DEP and LURC are the two big obstacles for business to move forward.”

Brown, a native of Richmond, holds a bachelor’s degree in soil science and a master’s degree in agronomy, both from the University of Maine.

Commenting on Brown’s nomination to head DEP, the Maine League of Conservation said that in 1986, Brown’s last year as a legislator, he was rated by the League with a score of zero based on his votes on wetlands, radioactive waste and acid rain.

Maureen Drouin, executive director of the league, said, “The Department of Environmental Protection is about the protection of our core values: clean drinking water and clean air for our families, an energy future that reduces pollution and cuts our dependence on oil and the conservation of our natural legacy for future generations.

“No doubt, Mr. Brown’s zero environmental score is troubling, but we have made so much progress since he took those votes 25 years ago. Maine people will expect the new commissioner to uphold the safeguards that protect our health, our natural legacy and our way of life,” said Drouin.

Olsen, a native of Cape Elizabeth, has held diplomatic and counter-terrorism posts for the past 27 years for the U.S. State Department, in Israel and the Occupied Territories, Europe, Jamaica and the Marshall Islands.

He was executive director of the Maine Fisherman’s Cooperative Association in the late 1970s and from 1973 to 1981, Olsen was a commercial fisherman, fishing for lobster, groundfish, herring and swordfish.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College

“We need to be more vertically integrated in fisheries,” LePage told reporters and others gathered Friday in the Statehouse Hall of Flags. “We cannot have Maine lobsters sent to Canada for processing and then come back as Canadian lobsters. We need to bring back the Maine brand and make it strong again.”

Congdon, the nominee to head the Department of Economic and Community Development, holds more than a dozen U.S. and foreign patents.

LePage said he wants Congdon to restructure DECD “so it becomes the most active department in state government.”

Congdon said, “I’m obviously going to have to work very closely with my peers here. We’ve got to have a seamless process. I don’t see why a permitting process can’t be completed in 10 days.”

From 2001 to 2006, Congdon, a graduate of Tufts University, worked as an expert witness in the successful defense in an $850 million patent infringement case. For more than 40 years, he has held technical and executive positions at firms around the country.