DNR promotes McClelland to lead Division of Fisheries
It appears the Illinois DNR has a new chief of the department that manages the state’s fish. Dan Stephenson, who retired from the position this summer, announced via email Monday that Mike McClelland has accepted the role of leading the Division of Fisheries.
McClelland spent 14 years with the Illinois Natural History Survey, mostly as the Long Term Illinois River Fish Population Monitoring Program coordinator. He began his DNR career with the Asian carp crew in Yorkville before moving to fish management administration. Among his roles at DNR: Rivers, Reservoirs and Inland Waters Program Manager and recently acting Fish Management Section head. He earned his BS and MS in Biology and Aquatic Ecology from Western Illinois University.
“Mike will do an excellent job as chief and he will be able to guide the Division for many years to come,” said Stephenson. “His temperament, knowledge and experience make him a great fit.”
McClelland and his wife, Nerissa, live near Rushville in Schuyler County.
Read more about McClelland’s promotion to lead the Fisheries Division in the Oct. 5 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.