Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Interviews still on-going for Wildlife Division chief's job

Some had thought that the Kasich Administration would have named a new chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife by April's end.

That month has come and gone and the calendar is one-third of the way through May.

However, the Natural Resources Department continues to interview candidates for the position, though it is believed the finalists are now down to five or six individuals.

Among those said to still be in contention are the Wildlife Division's acting chief Vicki Mountz and its fisheries administrator Ray Petering.

Another said candidate is former Ohio State Rep and mayor of Gahanna, James McGregor, sources say.

McGregor has prior natural resources experience, including with the ODNR where he held a top post with the now-endangered Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and also with a private conservation group.

It is being suggested also that the Kasich Administration is keen on the idea of hiring from without the ODNR in an effort to "shake things up" within the Wildlife Division.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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