ODNR piling up retirees

Jane BeathardThree former employees of the Ohio DNR's Division of Wildlife and one former member of the state wildlife council were recognized recently for their contributions to the outdoors community.

Presentations came during the Aug. 15 meeting of the Ohio Wildlife Council.

State widlife chief Scott Zody presented a certificate of service to Dave Scott, former administrator of wildlife management at the Ohio DNR. Scott will leave the agency in September to oversee migratory bird conservation programs and regional federal reimbursement for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Minneapolis. He was with the Ohio DNR for about 20 years.

“I have mixed emotions about leaving,” Scott said. “I had a great time here.”

Additional certificates of service went to Mark Hemming, former manager of the division's district four office in Athens. Hemming retired in July after 32 years with the agency.

“He worked his way up through the ranks,” Zody said of Hemming.

Long-time wildlife council member Jim Lynch also received a certificate, honoring his 11 years on the oversight board. Lynch retired from the council earlier in the summer.

Zody presented John Daugherty, former manager of the division’s district two office in Findlay, with an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on July 6. Daugherty retired in May after 32 years.

“He was one of the longest-serving managers in the division — a mentor of many,” Zody said of Daugherty.

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