One of Mike Dunleavy's first acts after being sworn in as governor Monday was to name an interim Department of Fish and Game commissioner. It's Doug Vincent-Lang, who most recently worked under former Gov. Sean Parnell.

How long Vincent-Lang holds that post remains to be seen.

Under state law, the joint Boards of Fish and Game recommend someone to the governor, who then rejects that name or forwards it to the Legislature for confirmation.

"The governor believes it is important that someone is in the position to manage the department while the joint Boards of Fish and Game go through their process of nominating potential commissioners," Dunleavy's office said in a statement. "The governor respects the process and looks forward to the recommendations from the joint meeting of the Board and Fish and the Board of Game."

Under former Gov. Sean Parnell, Vincent-Lang was director of the department's Division of Wildlife Conservation. In that post, Vincent-Lang advanced the state's mission to either oppose or pull back federal protections of various wildlife species.

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