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June 12, 2009
Contact: Susan Yeager, (360) 902-2267

Recruitment under way for new WDFW director

OLYMPIA—The search is officially under way for a new director to lead the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The new director will be chosen by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, composed of nine citizen members appointed by the governor.

The Washington Department of Personnel (DOP), which is managing the recruitment process, has posted the job announcement and application directions on its website at http://www.dop.wa.gov/recruitment/ExecutiveCareers/Pages/CurrentSearches.aspx. The job announcement also is posted on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

No closing date has been set for the recruitment period, although an initial review of applications is scheduled to begin June 24. The new director is expected to begin work in October.

The director search process and job description were developed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission during public discussions in May and at the commission’s June 5-6 meeting. The commission encourages public comment throughout the director selection process.

Former WDFW Director Jeff Koenings resigned last December, after heading the department for 10 years. The Fish and Wildlife Commission appointed the department’s deputy director for resource policy, Phil Anderson, as interim director.

The WDFW director oversees a 1,500-person staff and a biennial department budget of more than $350 million. The position pays up to $151,705 annually.

WDFW is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating the state’s fish and wildlife resources, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and wildlife-viewing opportunities.