OH: Two named to Division of Wildlife leadership posts

Columbus – The Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife announced today the
appointments of Sue Howard and Tom Rowan to the respective
positions of assistant chief of operations and assistant chief of
programs.

“We were fortunate to have several well-qualified candidates apply
for these key leadership positions,” said David Lane, chief of the
Division of Wildlife. “The Division of Wildlife and all Ohioans
will benefit from the many years of professional experience that
both employees bring to their new jobs.”

Howard has been serving as acting assistant chief of operations for
the last 10 months while continuing to fulfill her duties as the
division’s executive administrator over the business operations
group, a position she’s held since 1999. She began her career with
the division in 1988 and has held various positions within its
accounting and business sections.

“Sue has played a key role in successfully implementing the
division’s new Internet-based game check and point-of-sale system,”
said Lane. “Her demonstrated leadership skills in business
operations will serve the division and its customers well, helping
to ensure we continue to make the best use of the sportsmen’s
dollars.”

As assistant chief of operations, Howard will oversee
administration of the division’s five statewide wildlife districts
as well as business operations at its central office in
Columbus.

Since December of 2010, Rowan was the law enforcement district
supervisor out of the division’s Akron office where he oversaw law
enforcement operations for the district’s 19 northeast Ohio
counties. His other positions within the division include nine
years as the wildlife officer for Lake County, three years as the
wildlife officer in Ashtabula County, and three years as a
cadet-training officer in Columbus. Prior to starting his career
with the division in 1996, he was a patrolman for 10 years with the
Chardon Police Department and a year as a park officer with the
Geauga Park District in Geauga County.

“Ohio’s sportsmen and women, and everyone who enjoys the state’s
wildlife resources, will benefit from Tom’s strong leadership
abilities and the qualities that reflect his outstanding background
in law enforcement,” Lane said.

In his new position as assistant chief of programs, Rowan will
supervise the division’s four main program areas: Wildlife Law
Enforcement, Fish Management, Wildlife Management, and Information
and Education.

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