Two Fish and Game Commission members replaced

By: Jim Matthews

Two of the most controversial Fish and Game Commission members have been replaced by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Michael Sutton, long accused of conflict-of-interest because his own job was affected by decisions made as a commissioner, and Richard Rogers, also accused of conflict of interest and often abrasive and rude with the public during meetings, were both removed from their jobs this past week.

Rogers, of Santa Barbara, was appointed in 2005, while Sutton, of Monterey, was appointed in 2007. 

Brown appointed Eric Sklar, 52, of St. Helena, and Anthony Williams, 47, of Huntington Beach to the two posts. They will serve a six-year term if approved by the State Senate, but both will serve in the position until there is a vote.

According to the governor’s office, Sklar is the founder and managing partner at Cs2 Wines LLC since 2012 and president at Preslar Ventures Inc. since 2001. He was founder and managing partner at Alpha Omega Winery from 2005 to 2013 and served as a member of the St. Helena City Council from 2003 to 2010 and the City of St. Helena Planning Commission from 2002 to 2003. Williams has been director of government relations at the Boeing Company since 2014. He served as policy director and counsel in the Office of California State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg from 2010 to 2014 and was founding partner at Wada Williams Law Group LLP from 2006 to 2010.

Both appointees appear to have no hunting, fishing, or environmental background.

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