This topic is being discussed in the Wisconsin thread, where the huge amount of politics in Pa were pointed out, as is now the case in Wisconsin also. It was shown that Alt was selected by the Governor of Pa at the time, Ridge, to accomplish his goals of herd reduction. Being the boss of dcnr and also having command over pgc, many see his steering Pa deer management as nothing but uncalled for political intereference. There has also been actions taken by dcnr and the governor like removing commissioners and with-holding monies, not to mention sanctions on land acquistions in the past. Threats of lawsuits made to force their compliance. It seems some wish to further disucss these issues. So we can use this thread for that. Here is one good article I found about this same governor appointing the then executive director. Is all of this appropriate?
Any other political deer management issues can be discussed here.
POLITICS AS USUAL
THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION ASSUMED HIS
OFFICE AT THE AGENCY'S HARRISBURG HEADQUARTERS ON MONDAY.
Friday, May 07, 1999 Page: 1B
Politics as usual
The new executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission assumed his office at the agency's Harrisburg headquarters on MondayThe appointment is, in understatement, controversial.
Vern R. Ross, 58, of Camp Hill, succeeded Don C. Madl as the agency's executive director.
Madl retired April 30 after 37 years with the commission.
Madl is out, Ross is in, and Ross will have his hands full.
Never has the commission faced such a rocky road, and never has the agency's executive director faced such animosity from sportsmen and sportsmen's groups.
Hunters are crying that there are too few deer, that small game hunting is poor, and that the commission is doing too little to benefit wildlife and its habitat.
Hunters are angry; opinions on this matter are heated.
On top of that, the word out is that the commission's new director was a political appointment, that he has little or no experience in the field of wildlife management.
Resentment is the result of the lament that it is "politics as usual" in Harrisburg.
The claim is not unfounded.
Governor Tom Ridge appointed Ross director of his Sportsmen's Advisory Council on Oct. 11, 1995.
Despite the governor's appointment, Ross has virtually no academic background or experience that would prepare him to operate an agency such as the game commission- an agency funded primarily by hunting license sales, an agency with about 700 employees and an almost $70 million budget.
While it is not known what advice Ross may have offered the governor, he and the council have not had an obvious impact on the field sports.
But Ross and the council did interview and recommend four of the current eight game commissioners who were consequently appointed by Ridge.
And those same commissioners who received the nod of approval from Ross and the council voted to name Ross to fill the executive director's post.
Ross was among eight finalists for the position among 37 potential candidates.
Presumably, a few of those 37 candidates possessed at least modest experience in the field of wildlife management.
No matter. Ross still managed to prevail as the commissioner's No. 1 choice.
Originally from New Kensington, Ross is a graduate of Valley High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962, then worked for 37 years in a variety of administrative positions that included work in the food industry.
The only professional experience Ross has with wildlife, wildlife management and with hunting and sportsmen's groups is through his stint as the governor's adviser.
I was not involved with the game commissioner's interview process. I did not get to peruse the resumes of the 37 people who applied for the job.
But it's hard to believe that a candidate with more experience than Ross did not eagerly toss a hat into the ring.
That's in the past now, like it or not.
Even if Ross were no more than a political appointment, he has taken over the helm of the agency that manages wildlife in one of the top hunting states in the nation.
Ross faces a rocky road.
He will have his hands full.
George Smith is The Times Leader outdoors writer.
Read more: http://archives.timesleader.com/1999...#ixzz2FzRUcokq