CARSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval has named an interim director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife to replace Ken Mayer.
Mayer was asked to resign by the governor. Sandoval on Tuesday appointed George Tsukamoto to head the agency until a permanent replacement is found.
Tsukamoto is a wildlife biologist who spent 33 years at NDOW, and 13 years as chief of the game division. He also spent 10 years with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Sandoval said Tsukamoto will serve as an independent contractor while temporarily heading the agency. He’ll also assist in conducting a nationwide search for a permanent director.
“George’s extensive experience as a wildlife biologist and administrator in Nevada will enable him to effectively lead the Department during this time of transition,” Sandoval said.
Tsukamoto has a degree in Wildlife Conservation from San Jose State University and conducted graduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno and Colorado State University.
He is a founding member of the Nevada Wildlife Record Book, a Scoutmaster, and has been an Official Measurer for the Boone and Crockett Club since 1973. Tsukamoto lives in Sparks with his wife.