Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fish and Boat Headhunting to Begin

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fish and Boat Headhunting to Begin

Article excerpt

Wanted: Experienced executive manager with advanced education and a background in wildlife management. Pay negotiable. Must be willing to kiss up to lawmakers.

The pursed lips part is the only aspect of the job that John Arway, executive director of the state Fish and Boat Commission, couldn't handle. Throughout his eight-year tenure, he wrangled with state legislators in unsuccessful attempts to get the General Assembly to approve an increase in fishing license fees, which have remained unchanged since 2005. In March, the legislature tried to force Arway out, but with the backing of Fish and Boat commissioners he stayed. Immediately following Arway's July 31 announcement that he'll retire Nov. 2, key legislators agreed to act on a license-fee increase bill that will stabilize the user-funded agency's $52 million budget.

Last week, commissioners launched a nationwide search for a new executive director.

"Desirable candidates should have extensive upper level management and policy-making experience in a fisheries, hatcheries, wildlife, conservation, natural resources or environmental organization, and a degree from an accredited college or university," stated a news release. "Starting salary would be established depending upon factors such as the nature, scope, previous salary and quality of the applicant's experience and education."

No mention of when and where to kiss.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission was established in 1866 as an independent, largely unfunded extension of the commonwealth's executive branch. Its original mission to clean and clear polluted, log-clogged waterways evolved over the decades to focus on the management of aquatic wildlife and habitat, recreational fishing and boating and enforcement of game laws and regulations. The agency is empowered by statute to protect and manage reptiles, amphibians and some endangered and threatened species. …

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