LAYTON – Greg Sheehan of Layton has been named as the newest director of the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Sheehan, who has worked for DWR for the past 20 years, served as the Administrative Services chief since 2002 and has been a key advisor in many notable achievements done by the department.
His most notable achievements include enhancing more than one million acres of important wildlife habitat through the Watershed Restoration Initiative, boosting fish hatchery production by 1.1 million pounds per year via improvements, and expanding on access for activities through new community fisheries and the Walk-in Access program.
“Greg brings a business background to the position,” said Mike Styler, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources. “I’ve been in the field with him, and he’s truly committed to a bright future for Utah’s wildlife.”
Sheehan, who will replace Jim Karpowitz on Dec. 1, said he is excited to be in the new position and is open to bringing new ideas to the table for the division.
“I grew up in Utah and enjoy hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and photography,” he said. “I am committed to working with our dedicated employees and conservation partners to create more wildlife opportunity in Utah.”
In his previous position, Sheehan managed a staff of 55 and oversaw a budget of about $72 million per year. He also directed all of DWR’s licensing sales and worked on behalf of the division with the state legislature and the governor’s office.
Karpowitz said he has valued Sheehan’s opinions and insights on the many issues they’ve faced together through the years, and he “has a really good plan to move the division into new areas and directions.”
“It feels good to be able to hand the reins to a very competent person,” said Karpowitz.
Sheehan is married with two children and is a resident of Layton.