OLYMPIA - Bruce Bjork has been appointed acting chief of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) Enforcement Program effective Oct. 1, it was announced today.
Bjork, a former assistant chief with the Washington State Patrol before joining WDFW a year ago in a similar capacity, has worked closely with other state agencies in recent months to build new partnerships. Under Bjork's direction, the enforcement program has signed work sharing agreements with the departments of Health and Parks and Recreation.
"Bruce has demonstrated a tremendous ability to be innovative, to forge new ways of doing business at a time when WDFW and other state agencies are under increasing pressure to become more efficient with fewer resources," said WDFW Acting Director Larry Peck.
"The department expects Bruce to play a major role as it moves forward in coming months to expand partnerships with state and other agencies," Peck added.
Bjork replaces Ron Swatfigure, a 30-year-veteran of the department who plans on retiring soon. Swatfigure has served in various enforcement positions, including as head of the Special Investigations Unit. Swatfigure will remain in the enforcement program until his retirement.
"Over the years, Ron has demonstrated an unqualified commitment to the fish and wildlife resources of this state," Peck said. "His professionalism and dedication has been unparalleled, and he will be sorely missed."