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Pa. hunting agency agrees to demand for changes

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 18, 2014 1:24 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission says it will comply with demands by Governor Corbett and several high-ranking state lawmakers that it make several changes.

Its executive director released the response today, hours after the governor and top legislators told the agency it should rescind an agreement to pay $220,000 to former executive director Carl Roe.

The governor and lawmakers also demanded that William Capouillez not be named Roe's long-term successor.

Capouillez has drawn scrutiny for work negotiating oil and gas leases for private landowners with companies he dealt with as a Game Commission employee. Capouillez has said he disclosed the business in state ethics filings and doesn't do private work on state time.

The response from Executive Director Matthew Hough says it will immediately comply with the recommendations.

An earlier version of the story is below.

Governor Corbett and several high-ranking state lawmakers are demanding that members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission make changes or resign.

The letter they sent today to Pennsylvania Game Commission President Bob Schlemmer says the agency should rescind an agreement to pay $220,000 to its former executive director, Carl Roe.

It also says William Capouillez shouldn't be named to succeed Roe.

Capouillez has drawn scrutiny for work negotiating oil and gas leases for private landowners with companies he dealt with as a Game Commission employee. Capouillez has said he disclosed the business in state ethics filings and doesn't do private work on state time.

Schlemmer says the board plans to keep in place Matthew Hough, who's been performing executive director duties since Roe left in January.

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