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.