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Elicker taking leadership position with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

September 4, 2014

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Roy Elicker is resigning effective Oct. 10, 2014 to begin working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Elicker, who has been ODFW Director since 2007, has been named Assistant Regional Director for Fishery Resources for the USFWS Pacific Region based in Portland.

Elicker started with ODFW in 1993 as a Watershed Health Program Coordinator.  Since then, he has held a number of positions in the department, including Fish Screening Program Manager, Fish Division Deputy Administrator, Legislative Coordinator, and Deputy Director for Fish and Wildlife Programs.  He was appointed Director on Aug. 3, 2007 after serving as Acting Director on two separate occasions.  He was reappointed to a second term in October 2011.

"The years with ODFW, especially the past seven years as Director, have been incredibly rewarding," Elicker said. "It has been an honor to lead the dedicated, professional staff at ODFW."

Elicker will assume his new position with USFWS on Oct. 12, 2014.  Elicker will be responsible for daily operations of U.S. Fish and Wildlife fisheries programs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii. 

Fish and Wildlife Commission Chair Bobby Levy thanked Elicker for his years of service to the department and the state's fish and wildlife.

"Roy has done an outstanding job,” Levy said. "He's provided strong, steady leadership and helped make ODFW one of the most respected agencies in the state and one of the leading fish and wildlife agencies in the nation."

Levy said she will work with the Department, Commission and Governor’s Office regarding the next steps in hiring a new department director.


Roger Fuhrman (503) 947-6010

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