Former Washington County Wildlife Conservation Officer and Trinity High School graduate Matt Hough was appointed as the new executive director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission this week.
Hough, a 33-year veteran with the commission, replaces Carl G. Roe as the organization’s chief.
A 1975 graduate of Trinity, Hough earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from West Virginia University in 1980.
He then attended the Ross Leffler School of Conservation, graduating in 1981. He was first assigned to Westmoreland County as a Wildlife Conservation Officer before being transferred home to Washington County where he served until 1992.
That year, he was transferred to the Southwest Regional office in Ligonier where he held a number of titles, including federal aid supervisor, information and education supervisor, law enforcement supervisor and, finally, regional director.
Hough was named deputy executive director of the commission in 2010 and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the agency’s six regional offices.
Hough was approved by a unanimous vote of the Pennsylvania Game Commission Board of Commissioners.
“I am very pleased the Board of Commissioners has shown the confidence in me by unanimously approving my appointment,” said Hough. “I will work tirelessly to continue the many successes the Game Commission has achieved over the years.”
Having had many dealings with Hough over the years while he was with the regional office, I can attest he’s a fine choice for executive director, though he is closing in on retirement.
The board of commissioners will continue to search for a long-term replacement for Hough once he finally does retire.
• First-place Frazier-Simplex rifle team and second-place Dormont-Mt. Lebanon both had strong performances last week as they head into their second match of the season against each other this Wednesday night at the Frazier-Simplex range in Wolfdale.
Dormont-Mt. Lebanon matched Frazier-Simplex’s high score for the season in a win over Green Valley, firing a 1,483 in a 17-point win last Wednesday night.
Amy Smith led the way with a 299, while Rick Jonoski, Tom Benedict, Nicholle Benedict and Tom Gerner all shot 296.
On the same night, Frazier-Simplex was beating Allegheny by firing a 1,477.
NRA national champion John Husk led the way, matching Smith for the league high for the week with a 299. Sarah Sroka fired a 297, Zac Szabo and Jim Husk 294 and Tom Morley 293.
Sroka’s score was good enough for her to be the high junior shooter of the week, while Green Valley’s Cal Roberts was high senior of the week with a 296.
Frazier-Simplex takes a 9-0 record into Wednesday’s match against Dormont-Mt. Lebanon, which is 7-1.
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