Gov. Brown appoints new Fish and Game commissioners

By: Parimal M. Rohit

SACRAMENTO — Two “vacant” seats on the Fish and Game Commission were filled in late June, as Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Eric Sklar and Anthony Williams to replace commissioners Richard Rogers and Michael Sutton on June 18.

The appointments came about one week after a Fish and Game Commission meeting in Mammoth Lakes, which Rogers did not attend.

Sklar and Williams join Jack Bayliss, Jacque Hostler-Carmesin and Jim Kellogg on the commission, which regulates the taking and possession of key species in California’s mountains, deserts, waterways, oceans and other natural environments. The commission’s policies directly impact anglers and hunters.

Rogers’ term expired in January 2011 but was allowed to continue serving an additional 65 months because his successor was not selected until last month.

Similarly, Sutton’s appointment technically ended in January but remained on the commission for an additional five months.

Sklar and Williams will each receive a $100 per diem for their respective services to the Fish and Game Commission.

According to Brown’s office, Sklar, 52, is a St. Helena resident and business professional who founded Cs2 Wines and Alpha Omega Winery. He currently serves as managing partner of Cs2 Wines and president of Preslar Ventures.

The 47-year-old Williams hails from Huntington Beach and currently serves as the director of government relations at Boeing Co. Previously, he was a policy director and counsel with State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and founding partner at Wada Williams Law Group, among other positions.

Neither Sklar nor Williams have reported fishing or hunting experience. 

Commission appointments require State Senate approval.

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