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Update: Curt Melcher was selected as ODFW Director on February 13, 2015. See his bio.


Finalists named for director position

Three finalists have been selected for a new director for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The finalists for the director position are:

  • Edward Bowles, Fish Division Administrator, ODFW;
  • Curtis Melcher, Interim Director, ODFW; and
  • Krystyna Wolniakowski, former Director, Western Partnership Office, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

The public will have the opportunity to meet the finalists for the position at a public meeting in Salem on Feb. 12, 2015. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend and submit a question to be considered. Questions can be submitted in person from 9-9:20 a.m. on Feb. 12 or by email to odfw.commission@odfw.oregon.gov no later than Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. A representative sampling of the questions will be selected by the Department of Administrative Services, and the same questions will then be asked of each of the candidates.  The question and answer session will last from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

On Feb. 13, the Commission will interview director candidates in an Executive Session, not open to the public, held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(a).  Any final decision of the Commission will be made outside of the Executive Session, in the public portion of the Commission meeting.  The Commission may, or may not, make a final decision on Friday, Feb.13.

Those wishing to provide comments on the Commission’s hiring decision should submit their comments by email to odfw.feedback@oregon.gov  or by mail to ODFW Director’s Office, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR 97302-1142.  Comments must be received by 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 in order to be considered by the Commission.

The question and answer session and the Commission meeting will be streamed live on the department website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/

The search for a new ODFW director is being coordinated by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission conducted a national search for an exceptional leader for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The department has broad and diverse responsibilities, therefore, the new director will need:

  • Experience directing and executing policy for fish, wildlife and/or natural resources management
  • Strategic and visionary leadership in the areas of fish and wildlife or natural resources management
  • A strong conservation mindset and a commitment to using scientific basis for resources management
  • Experience in leading a diverse workforce and fostering an environment of inclusion and respect for all employees
  • An ability to make progress in resolving long standing and emerging problems

Additional information on the finalists, a complete job description (pdf), and other material is available below.



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