Meeting by conference call January 23, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission accepted the resignation of Department of Fish and Game Director Rod Sando. Sando will remain on administrative leave with full pay and benefits until June 30. He had served as director since April 2000.
In a resignation letter faxed to the commissioners, Sando cited irreconcilable philosophical differences with the commission and said "I think it will be best for everyone if I move on."
Deputy director Al Van Vooren was selected by the Commission to serve as acting director until a new permanent director is selected. Van Vooren is a 17-year veteran of the department with a background in fisheries research and management. He has served in various positions including Southwest Regional Supervisor before becoming Deputy Director in 2000.