5 people in running for Game and Fish Director

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Hey Guys…

Just a heads up the 5 people that are going to be looked at for the Game and Fish Director job have been released.. AND it was a mess… Basically the Santa Fe New Mexican Report had to force the issue to get the names released.. It is stuff like this that drives me NUTS!!!!  We want an open process… Either way the candidates seem to be ok and I have worked with a few and I really don’t have any preference..  Except for the dude from OK…  I could have been a lot worse…  I pulled the below article from the New Mexican….


Five vie to lead Game and Fish
State Game Commission will select new director Oct. 13

Staci Matlock | The New Mexican
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Four of the five applicants vying to be director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish all work for the agency.

The only out-of-state applicant works for an Oklahoma City security company and has no wildlife management experience.

The State Game Commission will interview the five candidates and select one on Oct. 13 during a special public commission meeting in Albuquerque.

The four New Mexicans are:

u Dan E. Brooks, a Santa Fe resident, has been the department’s chief of law enforcement since 2001. Brooks has been with the department two decades, working as a fisheries technician, game warden, public information officer and assistant chief. Brooks was the department’s legislative representative from 2003 to 2010 and is a Department of Public Safety law enforcement trainer. He has a bachelor of science in natural resources from the University of Arizona. You can watch Brooks cook campfire food as the “Cast Iron Ranger” on YouTube.

Brooks gives several specific ideas in his cover letter for what he would do as director, such as picking one endangered species to focus on delisting, providing better services to the public and creating a system that allows hunters to buy licenses at “points of sale” such as Walmart stores.

• Dale Hall, who lives in Albuquerque, holds a bachelor of science in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in agriculture from Texas A&M University. He’s worked for the agency 22 years and has been the habitat stamp program manager for the department since 2001. He’s also managed the landowner sportsman program, worked in fisheries and been assistant hunter education coordinator.

“As director, I will set forth recommendations to the commission that are driven by science and biology,” Hall writes in his cover letter. Hall notes there will be continued stakeholder conflicts over a variety of game and fish issues. He believes “injecting market forces would help us simplify rules.”

• James S. Lane, Jr. has been the department’s wildlife management division chief since 2009. In the position, he oversees the big game, wild turkey, migratory bird, black bear and cougar programs. Prior to that he worked for more than a decade with the Kentucky Department of Game and Fish as wildlife program manager, environmental scientist and wildlife division chief. He has master’s degree and a bachelor of science degree in forestry from the University of Kentucky.

Lane, of Rio Rancho, is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited. His cover letter notes his experience managing multi-million federal grant budgets and background in regulatory policy.

• Tim Frybarger, a Los Alamos resident, went to work for the agency in 1988 in fisheries. He is currently assistant chief of the wildlife management division. He’s also been a district wildlife supervisor, an outfitter investigator and landowner-sportsman program coordinator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from New Mexico State University. He’s a member of the Wildlife Society and past president of the New Mexico Conservation Officers Association.

The agency’s competent, smart staff just needs “clear direction from the Administration and the freedom to do the work they are capable of doing,” he wrote in his cover letter.

• Floyd Acord, the out-of-state applicant, notes in a handwritten cover letter that he has 34 years of law enforcement experience. He has been a security guard, counselor, chief of police and oil field worker.

The director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish oversees a $34 million-plus budget and is responsible for the state’s wildlife. The department manages hunting and fishing on public and private land.

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