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Unsworth is new Washington fish and wildlife director

Jim Unsworth, most recently the deputy director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, was selected Saturday, Jan. 10 to head the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Chosen by the nine-member state fish and wildlife commission from a group of four finalists, Unsworth succeeds Director Phil Anderson who resigned in August 2014.

Unsworth, 57, holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Idaho and Montana State University in disciplines involving fish, wildlife, forestry and range management.

He has worked for more than 30 years for the Idaho agency and had served as its second in command since 2008. His focus has been wildlife management holding posts as the wildlife bureau chief and big game program manager.

Married with four adult children, Unsworth is characterized as being an ardent hunter and fisher.

He will lead a Washington agency with 1,600 employees and an annual operating budget of $346 million, reporting to the commission.