Governor names Steve Ferrell Director of Game and Fish
by Governor Freudenthal's office
June 20, 2008
The deputy director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department has been named the new director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department by Gov. Dave Freudenthal. Ferrell succeeds Terry Cleveland, who will retired on June 30 after 39 years of service with the department. Ferrell is an avid hunter, sport shooter and angler with more than 30 years of experience in wildlife management.
Ferrell was one of three finalists chosen by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. The other two were John Emmerich, Deputy Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Kevin Delaney, former Director of the Division of Sport Fish for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and a current Account Vice President with UBS Financial Services in Fort Collins, Colo.
Ferrell has spent his entire career with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, an agency that employs more than 600 people and is funded at more than $85 million annually. Beginning in 1975, he has served the department as a Wildlife Assistant, Wildlife Manager, Habitat Evaluation Specialist, Research Program Supervisor, Wildlife Regional Supervisor, Assistant Director, and Deputy Director. He earned his bachelorís degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona.
As deputy director since 1999, Ferrellís primary responsibilities have included the coordination and implementation of all agency programs including: administration, wildlife management, Information and Education, Field Operations, and Special Services.
Ferrell has also served as chief financial officer of the department, as chairman of the Game and Fish Directorís executive staff and as leader of the departmentís management team. He coordinated regularly with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, the Arizona Governorís Office, the Arizona State Legislature, and with organized constituent groups. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his leadership and administrative skills.
Ferrell is current chairman of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agenciesí Wildlife Resources Policy Committee, is a member of the 2008 White House Conference on Hunting Heritage Technical Committee and a member of the National Sports Shooting Federationís advisory committee on best practices in hunting and shooting sports recruitment and retention.