Three new names have been added to leadership roles at the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

Acting Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang announced on Friday that Ben Mulligan of Palmer will be Deputy Commissioner effective January 3. He also will act as chief of staff to the commissioner.

Mulligan most recently has been vice president of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries biology from the University of Wyoming and was a legislative liaison for Fish and Game during the Parnell Administration.  He also worked for former Rep. Bill Stoltze as chief of staff.

As deputy commissioner, Mulligan will oversee statewide fisheries and wildlife regulatory and management issues.  Mulligan said in a press release that he has “appreciated the complexity and importance of fish and wildlife issues in Alaska since his first fisheries technician job in Bristol Bay.


Rick Green of Anchorage will be special assistant to the commissioner.

Green is better known since 2001as conservative radio talk show host Rick Rydell.

He is a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Outdoor Council and a former hunting and fishing guide. Green also served on a Fish and Game Advisory Council for three years.

Green said Fish and Game has always been his “passion” and that he is “thrilled to work to restore trust in the department, build communication and serve the public.”


Finally, the new director of the agency’s Division of Wildlife Conservation is Eddie Grasser.

Grasser was a special assistant to the ADF&G commissioner from 2005 to 2006.

He spent five years as chief of staff for the state legislature’s House Resources Committee before opening Grassroots Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in natural resources advocacy.

Grasser has been a lobbyist, consultant and vice-president of Safari Club International since 2013, and has been active in the Alaska Outdoor Council and the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Federation.

Grasser also is new deputy commissioner Ben Mulligan’s uncle.

No word yet on who will head the agency’s commercial fisheries division.

Thanks to MustRead Alaska for the photos.