SALEM, Ore. – The Fish and Wildlife Commission today appointed Roy Elicker as Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“With his proven leadership skills and his widespread support among constituents and employees, Roy is the right choice to lead the department,” said Marla Rae, Chair.
“I am deeply honored to be named Director and I thank the commissioners for their confidence in me,” said Elicker.
“I am proud to be part of this agency and I’m proud of the job we do. Our 1,200-plus employees are dedicated, motivated, and professional. They represent the best tradition of public service. We’ll continue to work with key constituents and the public, to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for future generations.”
Elicker, 54, has worked for ODFW since 1993 when he was hired as a Watershed Health Program Coordinator. Other positions held include Fish Screening Program Manager, Fish Division Deputy Administrator and Legislative Coordinator. He has served as Deputy Director, Fish and Wildlife Programs since 2001.
During two different periods Elicker served as Acting Director, most recently from July 13, 2007 until today, after former Director Virgil Moore resigned and returned to the Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife. The first period was after the departure of former Director Lindsay Ball in December 2005 until the appointment of Moore in July 2006.
An avid duck hunter and outdoor enthusiast, Elicker earned a master’s degree in wildlife biology from Rutgers University in 1982 and an environmental law degree from Lewis and Clark College Northwest School of Law. He and wife, Bonnie, reside in Portland. They have three sons.
“Roy earned this appointment. He earned it by his commitment, passion and loyalty to the department, its mission and its employees,” said Rae.
The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us.