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New Fish and Game Commissioner: Doug Vincent-Lang

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Doug Vincent-Lang as acting commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. He takes over for Sam Cotten, who departed with the Walker Administration.

While the joint Boards of Fish and Game go through their process of nominating candidates for commissioner, Dunleavy has put in place someone trusted throughout the fish, game, and wildlife management community.  Vincent-Lang is a veteran of the department with more than three decades of experience in wildlife research and management.

He served as division director for wildlife management, special assistant and assistant director to the Division of Sport Fish, and as a research biologist. The Walker Administration released him when it took over in 2014, and he effectively retired.

Commissioner Vincent-Lang earned a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a M.S. degree in biological oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Keep ’em coming Governor. Who were some of the top 20 political appointees that were dumped? Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Payback can be so sweet. Keep smiling, Doug.

  • congratulations Doug

  • Congrats Doug…Future is looking bright for Alaska’s Fish and Game!

  • A solid, solid pick by Governor Dunleavy. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the BOF and BOG keep DVL.

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