Direction On The Director: WA FWC Wants Input

With job applications coming in, the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission is looking for public input on what professional and personal qualities a new director should have, as well as what the Department of Fish & Wildlife’s priorities should be in the coming years.

They’ve posted a five-question survey online for hunters, anglers and others to fill out.

After filling in a box with your name and address, the first part of the survey allows you to checkmark three boxes in answer to the questions:

What areas of expertise should we look for in the next Department Director?

What are the most critical challenges facing the Department?

What do you see as the most important areas for improvement in Department performance?

According to an agency press release, 27 people have applied for the director’s position, with five of those “qualified” to hold it. The second to last question asks if you know anyone who might make a good candidate.

The last question allows you to make other comments.

"... AND IN CONCLUSION, IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A DIRECTOR WHO ACTUALLY FISHES AND HUNTS. THANK YOU, SINCERELY, ANDY WALGAMOTT"

"... AND IN CONCLUSION, IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A DIRECTOR WHO ACTUALLY FISHES AND HUNTS. THANK YOU, SINCERELY, ANDY WALGAMOTT"

Fish & Wildlife has been without a permanent director since Dr. Jeff Koenings resigned last December. Phil Anderson has been interim director since then.

Commission co-chair Miranda Wecker encourages public input on the survey. She says that qualifying job applicants will be reviewed at the commission’s Aug. 10-11 meeting in Colville, but resumes are being accepted until the position is filled.

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