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Albany man to lead Department of Fish & Game

By Josh Richman
Friday, August 26th, 2011 at 4:00 pm in Environment, Jerry Brown.

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.

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