Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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Butler County man is PGC board member

Harrisburg — It looks as if the Pennsylvania Game Commission has a new board member, one who will be the first to serve under some new rules.

The state Senate confirmed a half dozen people to various boards and commissions. One of those was James Daley, who will serve as the Game Commission’s new board member representing District 1. It takes in Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties.

Daley lives in Cranberry Township, Butler County.

In past years, commissioners were appointed to one eight-year, unpaid term.

Under a change in state law approved last summer, though, Game Commissioners are now appointed to one unpaid, four-year term. They can serve two additional terms beyond that – for a total of 12 years – but must be reconfirmed by the Senate each time.

Daley is the first commissioner named to the board since the new rules were adopted by the state Legislature.

Daley works as director of environmental services for Novel Geo-Environmental LLC, an environmental and geotechnical engineering consulting firm. His experience in the outdoors includes having been a volunteer hunter education instructor with the commission for the past 35 years. He was, in fact, named the state’s Instructor of the Year in 2009.

He’s also an instructor in the commission’s relatively new successful turkey hunter class and an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

Daley declined to be interviewed for this story, saying he wanted to make sure all of the required paperwork was official before speaking.

His appointment was confirmed by the commission, however.

Daley replaces Ralph Martone, of Lawrence County, who was unexpectedly removed by Gov. Tom Corbett just days before the extension of his term was to have ended. A source close to the situation said that move was reportedly made at the request of a few fellow board members, in return for consideration in determining who would be hired as the agency’s next legislative liaison.

Sources said that was to be a member of Gov. Corbett’s staff.

When Daley takes his seat, the commission board will have its full complement of eight members – but only for a while.

The term of Commissioner Jay Delaney, of Luzerne County, is scheduled to end on April 17. He can serve six months beyond that, or until a replacement is named, however.

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