The Senate Committee on Rules reviewed a long list of appointments for Boards and Commissions on May 8. Discussions around the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) appointments have been heated.

For the seven-member commission, Governor Kate Brown nominated five candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds to fill the current vacancies. Included in her list of nominees were the following:

  • Former Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart– 30 years of service with the Oregon Department of Forestry and now lives in Sisters.
  • Rob Spelbrink– commercial fisherman who also has experience as a hunter and sport-fishing guide from Siletz.
  • Mary Wahl– former environmental regulator at DEQ and Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services from Langlois.
  • Jill Zarnowit