HARRISBURG, Pa., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that Matt Hough, of Johnstown, Cambria County, has been appointed as the new deputy executive director for field operations. Hough, who presently serves as the agency's Southwest Region Director, will fill the vacancy created by the recent retirement of Michael W. Schmit.
"Matt's knowledge of the game laws and the agency's inner-workings from the Wildlife Conservation Officer district level through the regional office structure will make him an outstanding deputy executive director," Roe said. "Additionally, his degree in wildlife management makes him a well-rounded individual for this position."
In this new position, which he is expected to begin the first week of July, Hough will be responsible for the day-to-day operational supervision of the agency's six regions across the state.
As region director, Hough was responsible for all Game Commission information and education programs and law enforcement activities in the agency's 10-county Southwest Region. He oversaw the habitat improvement projects and all other land management activities on 177,800 acres of State Game Lands in the region.
Hough began his career with the Game Commission in 1981, as a Wildlife Conservation Officer trainee in the 18th Class of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation. Upon graduation in 1982, he was assigned to serve as a Wildlife Conservation Officer in southwestern Westmoreland County. In 1986, Hough received a lateral transfer to his home area of northern Washington County.
In 1992, Hough was promoted to the Game Commission's Southwest Region Office where he served for periods as Federal Aid Supervisor, Information and Education Supervisor, and Law Enforcement Supervisor prior to becoming Regional Director in 2003.
Hough graduated from Trinity High School in Washington, Washington County, in 1975. He earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife management from West Virginia University in 1980.
Prior to employment by the Game Commission, Hough was employed by the Bureau of State Parks as a ranger at Ohiopyle.
Hough and his wife, Jodi, currently reside in Johnstown, Cambria County. They have four children: Nathan, Mackenzie, Whitney and Tanner.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Game Commission