After less than three months on the job, Tony Mayville has resigned from his post as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at MSHA and returned to his home state of Illinois.
Mayville came to MSHA May 9 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, where he served as Director of Mine Safety. He had taken a leave of absence when he took the job at MSHA, and exercised his option to return to his old post for family reasons. His last day on the job at the federal agency was Aug. 2.
It took an accident involving 33 Chilean metal miners to draw MSHA’s new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy back into mining.
“I couldn’t get away from the television. There is that bond between all miners,” said Tony Mayville about the rescue that played out for weeks before a rapt international audience in 2010. Mayville's comments came during an interview in his office June 12.