Acting chief set to retire

Columbus – In an e-mail statement sent to the employees of the
DNR Division of Wildlife, acting agency chief Jim Marshall stated:
“All; I will be retiring from the Division of Wildlife on Sept. 30,
2010.”

Marshall was to have retired April 30.

However, officials with the parent Ohio DNR had asked Marshall
to remain as the wildlife division’s acting chief.

This was done when agency chief David Graham was placed on paid
administrative leave pending the outcome of his indictment on two
fifth-degree felony counts now before the Brown County Common
Please Court.

When Marshall leaves as acting wildlife division chief he will
be replaced by John Daugherty, currently the agency’s acting
assistant chief. That is, of course, unless Graham is reinstated
before that time.

Daugherty also is the wildlife division’s supervisor for the
agency’s District Two (Northwest Ohio) office in Findlay.

It is alleged that Graham and four other top Wildlife Division
officials failed to properly take administrative action regarding a
matter involving the state wildlife officer assigned to Brown
County, Allan Wright.

The legal matter involving the indicted officials remains before
the court with the last hearing having been conducted Sept. 2. It
is expected the judge handling the case will shortly render an
opinion on some legal aspects regarding the subject.

“Jim’s done very well and we are, of course, sad to see him go,”
said Mike Shelton, the natural resources department’s chief
spokesman. “But we understand that he wants a life beyond work and
we are thankful that he has stayed on for as long as he has.”

Shelton said also that Daugherty will not be collecting any
additional pay, commensurate with that typically awarded to a
serving division chief.

Also, Shelton said, the five Wildlife Division officials have
to-date collected while on paid administrative leave a combined
total of $159,412.43.

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