Todd Schaller will become the Wisconsin DNR’s new chief conservation warden.
Schaller was been a conservation warden for the DNR for the past 24 years.
Schaller is originally from Bangor. He holds a bachelor of science degree from UW-Stevens Point in natural resources. He started as a field conservation warden in 1989 and worked for 12 years in Racine, Trempealeau and Fond du Lac counties.
He became the team supervisor for the Oshkosh warden team for eight years, and then was promoted to the recreational enforcement and safety staff in Madison. He is currently the chief of the staff that works with citizens on ATV, snowmobile, boating and hunting safety programs.
Schaller will work with current DNR Chief Conservation Warden Randy Stark through the gun deer hunting season, an important and busy time for conservation wardens. Stark will retire in December after serving as chief conservation warden for 11 years.
Schaller will become chief warden on Dec. 17 and plans for the coming weeks to work with Stark, Karl Brooks, assistant chief warden, and the law enforcement team on the transition.
“Our major emphasis in the future is continuing a lot of the great work that wardens are now doing,” Schaller said. “Things like emphasizing voluntary compliance, community involvement in enforcement and education, and raising recognition of the warden force in problem solving, will be major efforts.”