OLYMPIA -- Bern Shanks, director of the Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) has named a long-time agency employee as Assistant Director of
Enforcement. Ron Swatfigure started with the Department of Fisheries in 1967.
"We accepted applications from across the nation from many well qualified
candidates," said Shanks. "During the selection process we found the right person for
this responsibility was just four floors and a short elevator ride away."
"Ron has those qualities that the commission and I wanted for the enforcement
program. He has a strong sense of protecting our state's resources. In addition, he will
provide the leadership this agency needs as our enforcement staff moves from a strictly
police image to the image of a professional fish and wildlife conservation officer,"
Ron Swatfigure was first hired by the fisheries agency as a hatchery assistant.
He moved to a patrol officer's position in 1975, serving in the Seattle area. A promotion
to sergeant followed in 1984 and lieutenant in 1992. In addition, Swatfigure supervised
the agency's Special Investigative Unit.
Director for the agency's Outreach and Education program. Snell, formally was in
charge of the WDFW Public Affairs office. Outreach and Education and the Public
Affairs functions of WDFW will be merged under Snell as a means of offering better
service to the public.