IFW Commissioner Decision Postponed

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Governor Paul LePage will not have chosen a Commissioner for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by the time he’s sworn in on Wednesday.

Despite his best intentions, when he announced that he’d have all his cabinet selections by January 5 (and he told me personally that’d he’d have an IFW Commissioner by then), a more realistic date for a complete cabinet is the end of the month, according to Transition Team leader Tarren Bragdon.

The Transition Team interviewed six candidates for the IFW position on December 23, and the names of those recommended for personal interviews with LePage were submitted to him on December 27.

Those interviews have not yet been scheduled. Nor is it widely known who will be interviewed by LePage for the position that is of most interest to Maine sportsmen.

It does appear that interviews by the Transition Team are wrapping up. I believe the team has completed interviews for the Commissioner positions at the Departments of Environmental Protection, Agriculture, Marine Resources, and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Until the new Governor finds time to interview the finalists for these positions, and make his picks, many will wondering and speculating about those choices.

If you think about the kinds of people LePage has already selected for top Administration positions, and examine the list of those interviewed for each position by the Transition Team, you’ll have a pretty good idea of who the finalists are, and possibly even who the Commissioners will be.

But until the man makes his choices, we won’t know for sure.

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