Press release below, have to say I'm real surprised by this, not by the actual names or anything, but that Cora Campbell and Gov. Parnell have chosen to fill these slots now before the joint boards even send a list of names for Commissioner to the governor, which may or may not include Cora's name. Just would have thought that whomever is the next Commissioner would have wanted to pick these slots.
Campbell Announces Key Leadership Appointments
(Juneau) - Cora Campbell, Acting Commissioner for the Alaska Department
of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced her primary leadership team
appointments today. Craig Fleener is appointed Deputy Commissioner and
Kelly Hepler is appointed Assistant Commissioner.
"Craig and Kelly have outstanding credentials. I appreciate Craig's
diverse professional and public service background and welcome Kelly's
long service and proven leadership from within the department," said
Campbell. "They bring a good balance of experience, knowledge, and
education to the commissioner's office. I look forward to working with
these seasoned fish and game employees in carrying out the department's
Craig Fleener began working for ADF&G in 2008 as Director of the
Division of Subsistence. His professional experience includes work with
the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments in the capacity of Director
of Natural Resources, regional biologist, and Chief Administrative
Officer managing health care, education, and natural resources. Fleener
has served on various boards and councils including the Board of Game,
director and chair of Gwich'in Council International, and co-chair of
the Yukon River Panel as part of his Division of Subsistence director
duties. In addition, he has served more than 24 years in the military
including four years with the U.S. Marine Corp and 20 years in the
Alaska National Guard. Fleener holds a B.S. in Natural Resources
Management from the University of Alaska.
Kelly Hepler's career with the department is long and distinguished. He
began working at ADF&G in 1979 as a fisheries biologist and has held
increasingly complex positions throughout his career. Kelly served as
director of the Division of Sport Fish and most recently as a special
assistant for the previous commissioner. He represents the department in
numerous national forums and is presently chair of the National Fish
Habitat Board. Kelly is a seasoned budget manager and has strong team
and administrative skills that enable him to be a sound policy advisor.
Kelly holds a B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State