Two new commissioners appointed to Wildilfe, Parks and Tourism

Two new members have been appointed to the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission by Gov. Sam Brownback.

A press release from Brownback’s office said Randy Doll, of Leon, and Tom Dill, of Salina, will take seats on the seven-member commission at an August 11 meeting near Great Bend.

The press release says Doll is the president of a real estate service, a life-long Kansan and outdoorsman.

Dill is a financial advisor with a deep love of bowhunting and managing for wildlife on a farm he owns.

They’ll take seats vacated by Kelly Johnston, commission chairman from Wichita, and Doug Sebelius, of Norton. Both had served two four-year terms and had not applied for re-appointment.

Shari Wilson, of Kansas City, has applied for re-appointment for a third four-year term. No word on her position has come from Brownback’s office though historically no commissioner has served more than two four-year terms.

Terms for Johnston, Sebelius and Wilson ended on June 30.

Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commissioners are appointed by the governor for four-year terms. No more than four commissioners can be from one political party. The commission works with the department and general public to help advise and regulate the management of the agency and many species of Kansas wildlife and state parks.

Doll and Dill come aboard at a time when the commission is setting what could be major changes in the collection of live bait by Kansas anglers. Some possible major changes in deer seasons are also up for discussion in the coming year. State park funding is a constant concern.

Other current commissioners include Frank Meyer, of Herington, Debra Bolton, of Garden City, Gerald Lauber, of Topeka and Robert Wilson of Pittsburg.