The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ www.fw.ky.gov nine-member commission has called a special meeting for Friday morning at the Game Farm headquarters. The board is expected to vote on hiring a commissioner. The meeting will begin at 8:30.
Commission members are appointed by the governor to four-year appointments. The nine member commission hires the agency commissioner, who essentially serves as the agency’s executive director overseeing day-to-day operations of the department. The commissioner’s job has been vacant since September, when then commissioner Jon Gassett resigned while the game and fish agency was under investigation by the office of the Office of Inspector General.
When the OIG report was released in December it found a raft of serious violations against several high-ranking agency officials.
A special meeting of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources commission www.fw.ky.gov has been called for 1:30 p.m. today (Friday, Feb. 28) at the agency’s Game Farm headquarters near Frankfort, Ky.
The commission will meet in executive, closed session to discuss a personnel issue.
No word on the specific subject but the nine person, governor appointed commission, which was scathingly criticized in a report released in December by the Office of the Attorney General, is in the process of hiring a new agency commissioner.
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My story in Sunday’s CJ about the KDFWR commission working to clean up its act.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources www.fw.ky.gov has come under withering criticism following an investigative report by the state’s Office of Inspector General.
Some of the reported misbehavior is silly. Some is shameful.
My take on it will appear in Sunday’s Courier-Journal. Read it online now at www.courier-journal.com/kentucky-outdoors.
Here’s a link to the 59-page inspector general report: http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2013/12/09/17/18/Uyavt.So.79.pdf.
Dr. Jon Gassett has resigned as commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
More to come.