Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Marshall still Wildlife Division's sheriff

Jim Marshall was to be enjoying retirement right now, sleeping in and doing "honey do" chores for his wife.

Instead, the former Ohio Division of Wildlife assistant chief remains at the helm of the agency as the agency's acting chief. That is because Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Sean Logan had asked Marshall to fill in for embattled Wildlife Division chief Dave Graham.

Graham was placed on paid administrative leave following his indictment last month on two fifth-degree felony charges stemming from an alleged incident that included five other agency officials.

Mike Shelton - the Natural Resources Department's chief spokesman - said Marshall has volunteered to continue in his temporary leadership capacity until the various legal issues are resolved. That process, says lawyers dealing with the case, could take a number of months.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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