Three key staff named to ADF&G

Acting Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lange has announced three key appointments to the agency.

Benjamin J. Mulligan was named deputy commissioner, effective Jan. 3; Edward K. Gtrasser, director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation, effective Dec. 26; and Rick Green, special assistant to the commissioner, as of Dec. 17.

Mulligan, who has a degree in biology from the University of Wyoming, was a special assistant and legislative liaison or ADF&G from 2010 to 2015. He is currently the vice president of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.

Grasser has worked on issued related to wildlife and wildlife conservation for over 50 years.

He spent five years as chief of staff to the Legislature’s House Resources Committee before opening Grassroots Strategies, a natural resources advocacy consulting firm. He has been vice president of Safari Club International since 2013. He was also special assistant to the commissioner of ADF&G from 2005 to 2006.

Green, best known as radio talk show host Rick Rydell, will be in charge of outreach to user groups as a special assistant to Vincent-Lang. He served on the Fish and Game Advisory Council for three years.