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Commission hears plan to recruit new agency director

January 12, 2024

SALEM, Ore.—The Commission provisionally approved a plan to recruit ODFW's new director today during their meeting.

The Commission will convene a special virtual meeting in late January to finalize the recruitment plan, the desired attributes of the next director and other information.

Under the plan, recruiters from the State of Oregon and Motus Recruiting in Tigard will conduct the search. A panel of two Commissioners and a liaison from the Governor's office will help screen candidates. The executive recruiters will consult stakeholders to learn what they feel is important for a new director.

Final candidates are expected to be presented to the public in a public forum as early as mid-March. (The recruitment timeline may change as the process continues.) The candidates will introduce themselves and answer selected questions from the public. Final candidates will also meet with the Governor or her designee.

After the public forum, the Commission will interview candidates in Executive Session. They will then reconvene the public meeting to vote on a new director.

"We are in a great position to hire a new director," said Commissioner Hatfield-Hyde during the meeting today. "This department is financially stable, it's well run, and we have a leadership team under Director Melcher that has been gaining experience.

Earlier this month, longtime ODFW Director Curt Melcher announced his retirement effective April 2024.

The meeting was livestreamed and a recording is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dn6762g9_I


Contact: Michelle Dennehy, (503) 931-2748, Michelle.N.Dennehy@odfw.oregon.gov
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