June 7, 2011
On June 6, Governor Hickenlooper signed into law the bill to merge the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks. The combined agency is the Division of Parks and Wildlife. The merger is to become effective on July 1. On June 10, the Wildlife Commission and the Parks Board will interview in an executive session the three finalists who applied for the director position. They hope to reach consensus (subject to approval of the executive director of DNR) and extend a job offer. Two external panels and an employee panel interviewed the three candidates on May 31 and provided feedback to the Chairs of the Wildlife Commission and Parks Board and the Executive Director. The panels did not rate or rank the candidates. CWF's Suzanne O'Neill was included in one of the panels.
Here is an article written on June 6 in the Durango Herald by Joe Hanel. CWF's Communications Director, Todd Malmsbury is quoted:
On May 6, the bill to merge the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks passed the House by a vote of 49-12. The bill now moves to the Governor's desk.
On May 2, the bill to merge the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks passed out of the House Agricultural, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee on a 10-3 vote. CWF's Board Chair, John Smeltzer, testified in opposition to the bill. The text of his testimony appears under Our Stand at the bottom left of this home page.