Charles Swanton is the new deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, a position most recently held by Stefanie Moreland.
Swanton joined the department in 1981 and has been the director of the Division of Sport Fish for seven years.
Acting Commissioner Sam Cotten says Swanton will lead the department on Pacific salmon issues. He was nominated by Gov. Bill Walker to the Pacific Salmon Commission, a joint US and Canadian panel that manages salmon fisheries on the west coast. Swanton started his new job on Friday and is now in Vancouver, British Columbia at a commission meeting.
Swanton has Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and fisheries science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Washington. He lives in Juneau.
Deputy Sport Fish Director Thomas Brookover has been named acting director of the division.