A man with Grays Harbor ties is now leading the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
In an announcement, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission says that they have appointed Kelly Susewind the new director of WDFW.
The commission voted unanimously to select Susewind after interviewing seven candidates.
Susewind will oversee an agency of 1,800 employees and an operating budget of $460 million for the current two-year budget period.
Susewind has worked at the state Department of Ecology since 1990 in a variety of roles, most recently as the director of administrative services and environmental policy. He also worked several years during the 1980s as a private-sector environmental consultant.
Susewind grew up in the Grays Harbor area, received an associate’s degree in engineering from Grays Harbor College, and a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Washington State University.
Susewind will assume the director’s position on Aug. 1.
After voting to appoint Susewind, the commission thanked Acting Director Joe Stohr for his service since former Director Jim Unsworth’s resignation in early February.