- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The director of the Department of Fish and Game’s habitat division is being replaced.

Gov. Bill Walker accepted the resignation of Randy Bates on Monday. Acting Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten says Bates was among the employees asked to offer resignation letters when Walker came into office.

Cotten says the Walker administration wants to see the public involved in decision making. But he said the division’s approach to area management plans did not seem to fit with that philosophy of having public input and debate before a plan is created or revised.

Cotten says there are a number of area plans pending for which the administration plans to take a fresh look and engage the public.

A replacement for Bates has not been named.

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