AUGUSTA, Maine — Former Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has been named interim executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
Jim Gorman, president of the SAM board of directors, made the announcement Monday.
“This marks another exciting chapter in our transition plan,” Gorman said. “As an organization, we’ve been focused on getting back to our grass-roots members and doing our best to serve them. Our search for professionals to represent the interests of conservationists in Augusta has been quite a journey, but we believe that Matt Dunlap will serve our members well.”
Dunlap, who is a lifetime SAM member and former board member, served four terms in the Legislature and spent three of those terms as House chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
While in the Legislature, Dunlap sponsored legislation regulating wolf hybrids, creating and expanding the Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License, and creating the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” said Dunlap, who is from Old Town. “I’ve always loved the outdoors and have found a lot of energy in the discussions that surround policy changes. No matter what I do, I always find time to work with people to promote the sporting life; this is a chance to really help Maine sportsmen promote conservation at a much higher level.”
Dunlap replaces Tim Bell, who had held the position since October.
Gorman issued the following statement: “With all the changes and challenges that face sportsmen right now, we felt we needed someone who would have instant credibility with the powers that be in Augusta and with the rest of the outdoor community.” He also pointed out the contributions of George Smith and Bell in their work preceding Dunlap. “They deserve our gratitude for helping us get to this point,” he said.
Before Bell’s tenure, Smith served for 18 years as director of the organization.