Game & Fish names interim director until governor picks replacement

WYOMING – John Kennedy has agreed to be acting director of Game and Fish while a search is underway to find a permanent head of the agency. The search is expected to last a few weeks.

Scott Talbott announced his retirement last week at a meeting of the Game and Fish Commission after 9 years as director. The department will offer three names to Governor Mark Gordon for consideration.

Interim Director of Wyoming Game and Fish Department, John Kennedy. (WGFD)

“Scott has provided excellent leadership and service to this state as director, and in the decades he worked on behalf of wildlife and the public in many other roles,” Gordon said. “Scott’s commitment to and knowledge of hunting, fishing, the wildlife laws and each of Wyoming species is hard to match. He will be missed and I wish him well in retirement.”

Kennedy oversees internal programs in the agency, including development and management of the Commission’s budget; final approval of all grants, contracts and agreements; and oversight of the fish, wildlife, services and fiscal divisions.

Kennedy graduated from the inaugural National Conservation Leadership Institute Program in 2007, and from the Leadership Wyoming program in 2017.  He continues to serve on numerous committees of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Kennedy was born and raised in Idaho. He holds a BS degree in wildlife management from the University of Idaho and an MS degree in wildlife management from South Dakota State University. Kennedy is an avid outdoorsman and spends his spare time hunting and fishing.

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