Three named to Fish and Wildlife Commission

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed David Jennings, Rollie Schmitten and Dr. Brad Smith to the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Jennings lives in Olympia and has been active in fish and wildlife management issues for almost 20 years. He works at the state Department of Health in the division of environmental health. He is the past president of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force and the Black Hills Audubon Society. In 2006, the Black Hills Audubon Society named him conservationist of the year.

Schmitten, of Lake Chelan, is a former Cashmere City councilman, Chelan County port commissioner and state representative. He was appointed the director of the state Department of Fisheries. He also served as the director of the Northwest Region for the National Marine Fisheries Service, before being named national director. In 1999, Schmitten was promoted to NOAA deputy assistant secretary for international affairs.

Smith, a resident of Bellingham, is dean of the Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University. Smith also served as the first director of the Office of Environmental Education for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

All were appointed to a term ending Dec. 31, 2014.

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