Rolland A. (Rollie) Schmitten was appointed to the Commission on June 18, 2009. His career includes 40 years of natural resource management at the highest levels of civil service. After earning a forest management degree with emphasis on fish and wildlife from Washington State University in 1966 he served in the US Marine Corps.
In the early 1970’s Rollie was elected as city councilman, county port commissioner, and served three terms in the state House of Representatives until 1980, when he resigned his seat to become Director of the Department of Fisheries. In 1984, Mr. Schmitten went to work for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – a department within NOAA – as the West Coast Regional Director. From 1993-1999 he served as the National Director of Marine Fisheries.
In addition, Rollie has served as the US Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs (NOAA), the National Director of Marine Habitat Conservation, and as a US Whaling Commissioner 1995-2005. He’s received Presidential appointments to positions such as US Tuna Commissioner, US Atlantic Salmon Commissioner, and served 10 years as the US International Whaling Commissioner. Mr. Schmitten has been recognized with several awards for his many years of outstanding service, and he continues to be active in natural resource issues.
Rollie and his wife of 42 years, Barbara, live at Lake Wenatchee.
(CURRENT TERM: June 18, 2009 - Dec. 31, 2014)