Bon Duncan's tenure as executive director was considerably longer than many other heads of state fish and wildlife agencies. He had worked for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for 30 years before being appointed executive director. When he was appointed, DGIF had been through 3 directors in relatively short order and. It'll be interesting to see the succession process play out.
Here's my report in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star...
AFTER 41 YEARS with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, including 11 as executive director, Bob Duncan will retire from state government April 1. Duncan confirmed the retirement rumors Tuesday, noting the decision was difficult.
“It’s hard to leave when you love the people and the agency,” he said, “but if you’re going to leave at all, it’s best to leave when things are good and you’ve got good people in place.”
Duncan, who hails from Radford, headed the Wildlife Division for 18 years before becoming executive director of the approximately 450-employee agency.
Like most wildlife biologists of his generation, he is an enthusiastic hunter, especially of wild turkeys. “Some folks thought I’d retire on March 1, then go to Florida and hunt my way north. That’ll have to wait until next year,” he said.
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