FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2012
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Kaitlin Steiger-Meister, 612-713-5317
Todd Turner Announced as New Midwest Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries
Midwest Regional Director, Tom Melius, announced that Mr. Todd Turner has been selected as the Midwest Region’s Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries. Todd has been the Midwest Region’s Deputy Assistant Regional Director of Fisheries since 2009 and has been the Acting ARD for the past several months..
Todd’s extensive experience with the Midwest Region’s Fisheries Program made him an ideal candidate to fill this senior position within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He is a great example of an exceptional leader developed right here in the Midwest Region.
As Assistant Regional Director for Fisheries, Todd will provide region-wide leadership in the programs, issues and policies related to the protection of fish and wildlife resources in the Midwest Region. He will develop short and long-term plans, objectives and priorities for the Midwest Fisheries program, as well as provide guidance to the Regional Director and other Service officials and managers regarding controversial and complex scientific, political and economic issues.
Todd has served as the Midwest Deputy Assistant Regional Director of Fisheries since 2009. Prior to that position, he was the Midwest Region’s Hatchery Program Leader beginning in 2001. He also served as Assistant Hatchery Manager in 1991 and eventually Hatchery Manager in 1995 at Genoa National Fish Hatchery. Todd started his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1989 at Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery, formally Hiawatha Forest National Fish Hatchery.
A Minnesota native, Todd is an alumnus of Bemidji State University. Before working for the Service, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves for seven years and worked for the Leech Lake Reservation Department of Resource Management as a fisheries technician. A true outdoorsman, his hobbies include hunting, fishing, making maple syrup and snowmobiling. He is married to Laurie Turner, with whom he has two sons.
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