Fish and Game Commission announces new leadership

SACRAMENTO — A new year for the Fish and Game Commission means an entirely different look for the stage agency governing outdoor matters.

Eric Sklar and Jacque Hostler-Carmesin were selected as president and vice president, respectively, of the commission on Feb. 10.

The first commission meeting of 2016 features only one person on the dais who was also a commissioner at the start of 2015, as four commissioners left the board in the past few months.

Commissioners Jack Baylis and Jim Kellogg ended their respective terms on the Fish and Game Commission at the end of 2015; Baylis did not seek a renewal of his appointment and Kellogg resigned.

Also resigning as the commission’s executive director was Sonke Mastrup, who announced the end of his tenure in December 2015.

The exodus of two commissioners and executive director left the commission with three active members and interim staff liaison on the dais, two of which were appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in June 2015.

“The changes that have occurred with the membership of the commission certainly will be felt for a long time,” Commissioner Anthony C. Williams said. “It presents some challenges and opportunities for the commission going forward.”

Michael Yuan is serving as acting executive director.

Commissioners also made committee appointments at the Feb. 10 meeting in Sacramento. Sklar will serve as chair of the Marine Resources Committee and Williams will serve as the head of Wildlife Resources Committee; Hostler-Carmesin was elected chair of the Tribal Committee.

The Fish and Game Commission held its February meetings on Feb. 10 and 11 at the Resources Building Auditorium in Sacramento.

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