Governor appoints 2 to state Fish and Wildlife Commission

Staff reportJuly 14, 2013 

The current chairwoman of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission has been reappointed, while the executive director of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association has been named to fill a vacant position. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointments Tuesday.

The governor reappointed Miranda Wecker of Naselle to the Western Washington position she has held since 2005. Her new term will run through Dec. 31, 2018. Wecker, who has been chairwoman since 2008, is the director of the Marine Program at the University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center.

“Miranda Wecker has done an excellent job in leading the commission’s work on several challenging fish and wildlife policy issues, and I am very pleased that she is willing to serve another term,” Inslee said in a statement.

Inslee also appointed Robert Kehoe of Seattle to a vacant at-large position for a term that runs through Dec. 31, 2014, an agency news release said. An attorney, Kehoe joined the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association as general counsel in 1997 and became executive director in 2009. He has served as a commercial fishing industry representative on the Pacific Salmon Commission since 2001.

The commission is a nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Members are appointed by the governor to six-year terms and are subject to state Senate confirmation. Three members must reside in Eastern Washington, three in Western Washington, and three may live anywhere in the state. No two members may live in the same county.

“Bob Kehoe is a well-respected leader in the commercial fishing industry and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the commission’s deliberations,” the governor said in the statement.

A month ago, 56-year-old Jay Holzmiller, a resident of Anatone in Asotin County, was appointed to fill an Eastern Washington position. He replaced Chuck Perry of Moses Lake, whose term expired.

The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 2-3 in Olympia.

Learn more about the commission at wdfw.wa.gov/commission.

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