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<b>Sent:</b> Saturday, June 16, 2018 13:21<br>
<b>Subject:</b> News Release: Commission selects Kelly Susewind as new director of WDFW
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<p><font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="5"><strong><u>NEWS RELEASE</u> </strong>
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<font size="2"><strong>Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission<br>
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 </strong><br>
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<p><font face="Arial" size="2"><strong>June 16, 2018<br>
Contact: </strong> Commission office, 360-902-2267</font></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium"><font face="Arial"><strong>Commission selects Kelly Susewind as new director of WDFW</strong></font></span></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today appointed Kelly Susewind of Olympia as the new director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the Governor to set policy for WDFW, voted unanimously to select Susewind after interviewing seven candidates in May and narrowing the field to three finalists, who were interviewed
 for a second time earlier this week.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">Susewind accepted the appointment as permanent director following the commission's vote. He will oversee an agency of 1,800 employees and an operating budget of $460 million for the current two-year budget period. WDFW is charged
 with conserving fish and wildlife and providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">Susewind has worked at the state Department of Ecology since 1990 in a variety of roles, most recently as the director of administrative services and environmental policy. He also worked several years during the 1980s as a private-sector
 environmental consultant. </font></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">Susewind received a bachelor's degree in geological engineering from Washington State University and an associate's degree in engineering from Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen. He grew up in the Grays Harbor area.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">"All of the commissioners look forward to a fresh start for WDFW under Kelly's leadership, particularly in the approach our agency takes to improving our working relationships with the Legislature, native American tribes, and
 the people of Washington to manage the state's wonderful fish and wildlife resources," said Commission Chairman Brad Smith.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">"Today's appointment marks the beginning of a new era in the department's history," Smith added. "We have an immensely dedicated, talented, and energetic staff, and we are confident that with Kelly in the director's position,
 WDFW will achieve the high level of success we expect."</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">Susewind said, "I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Washington at an agency whose effectiveness is critical to our ability to conserve fish and wildlife resources while providing outdoor recreation and commercial
 opportunities throughout the state. The public has high expectations for WDFW, and I'm excited about being in a position to deliver the results they deserve."</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">Susewind's salary will be $165,000 per year. He will assume the director's position on Aug. 1.</font></p>
<p><font face="Arial" size="2">After voting to appoint Susewind, the commission thanked Acting Director Joe Stohr for his service since former Director Jim Unsworth's resignation in early February. "The commission sincerely appreciates Joe's strong leadership
 over the past five months," Smith said.</font></p>
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