New Acting Commissioner of Fish and Game Enthusiastic About Opportunity

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

Former Petersburg resident Cora Campbell is enthused about her appointment as acting commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. Governor Parnell announced cabinet selections yesterday.

Campbell worked as a fisheries policy advisory and special assistant first with Governor Palin and then with Parnell. Campbell has also served on the board of directors for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and earlier on in her career was executive director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association. She grew up in Petersburg, commercial fishing with her family. Campbell has a bachelor’s degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University. Campbell says she’s excited about the opportunity.

Campbell takes over as acting commissioner on Dec. 1 with the retirement of Denby Lloyd. The governor will eventually name a permanent replacement for Lloyd, after the Board of Fish and Board of Game solicit applications and come up with a list of nominees for the position. Campbell said state officials have been discussing the position since Lloyd announced his retirement earlier this fall.

Campbell says she will apply for the permanent commissioner’s job though the joint board selection process.

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