Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Wildlife chief may be named Friday

On Friday one individual will likely see a career-changing opportunity.

Or - given the low morale seen with the Ohio Division of Wildlife along with confronting belt-squeezing state budget - more of a curse than a blessing.

Regardless, it is being said that David Musting will announce his selection as the new chief of the Wildlife Division.

Mustine is the director of the parent Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Natural Resources Department has looked both internally and externally at potential candidates for the chief's job.

Whether the director will cling to tradition and pick acting Wildlife Division chief Vicki Mountz or the agency's fish management administrator Ray Petering is one of the several unanswered questions regarding the much-anticipated selection.

Among other candidates is at least one former Ohio state representatives with a long history of conservation and wildlife activities both in the public and private sectors.

The state's outdoors media will also have an opportunity to examine Mustine's choice on Saturday. That is, if the director makes his pick known the day before. If he doesn't then the outdoors media will use part of their annual conference to inquire about the delay in naming a new chief.

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