- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro is retiring at the end of the year.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Jezioro’s retirement on Friday in a news release. Tomblin says Jezioro will step down Dec. 31.

Jezioro (JEZ’-uh-roh) has served as the DNR’s director since 2005. Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette says Jezioro is the longest serving director in the DNR’s history.

During his tenure, the DNR has created new wildlife management areas and the senior lifetime hunting and fishing license. Jezioro also oversaw major renovations to Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

He says he plans to enjoy the holidays and take his grandchildren hunting.

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