- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - An official in the administration of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to become the state’s next commissioner of Fish and Wildlife.

Louis Porter will assume the position in May after the current commissioner, Patrick Berry, leaves to take a job outside of state government.

Porter has been secretary of civil and military affairs since December of 2012. Before joining the Shumlin administration he worked for the Conservation Law Foundation and Statehouse bureau chief for the Times-Argus and Rutland Herald newspapers.

Berry had served as Fish and Wildlife commissioner since Shumlin took office in 2011. He will become a vice president of the Vermont Community Foundation.

Porter has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Washington and he worked as a commercial fishing deckhand in Alaska.

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