The Director's Office provides strategic direction and operational oversight for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) employees throughout the state, working to turn policies adopted by the state Legislature and the Fish and Wildlife Commission into action.
Joe Stohr, acting director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, has served as deputy director with the department for more than a decade.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission selected Stohr to head the department after the previous director, Jim Unsworth, announced his resignation in late January 2018.
A longtime resident of Olympia, Stohr joined WDFW as deputy director in 2007. Before coming to WDFW, Stohr spent 21 years at the state Department of Ecology -- managing programs including water resources and oil spill prevention and response -- and four years with the state Department of Health.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent director in 2018.