Jay Holzmiller, a longtime Asotin County resident, has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the nine-member state Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Holzmiller, of Anatone, succeeds Chuck Perry of Moses Lake, whose term expired.
Holzmiller, 56, is an equipment operator for the Asotin County Public Works Department who also raises livestock. For nearly two decades he has been involved in conservation, land use and fish and wildlife issues. A longtime hunter, he is a 1975 graduate of Anatone High School.
Holzmiller has been a member of the Asotin County Conservation District, the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board and the Asotin County Shorelines Committee. He helped form the Blue Mountain Fire District and has served the district as a volunteer firefighter. In addition, he chaired the committee that developed the Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Asotin, Garfield and Columbia counties.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission sets policy for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Members are appointed by the governor to six-year terms and are subject to state Senate confirmation. Three members must reside in Eastern Washington, three in Western Washington and three may live anywhere in the state. No two members may live in the same county.