Albany man to lead Department of Fish & Game

A fisheries conservation expert from the East Bay is the California Department of Fish and Game’s new director.

Gov. Jerry Brown today named Charlton “Chuck” Bonham, 43, of Albany, to the post. Bonham has served in various positions at Trout Unlimited since 2000, including California director and senior attorney.

He was an instructor and trip leader for the Nantahala Outdoor Center from 1994 to 1997, and was a small business development agent for the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1991 to 1993.

Bonham holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and a law degree from Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Ore. While in law school, he worked as an intern at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Regional Solicitor’s office.

If confirmed by the state Senate, Bonham, a Democrat, will receive an annual salary of $150,112.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.