Columbus, OH – Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer today announced the appointment of Scott A. Zody as Chief of the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

“I appreciate Scott’s service to the department and he has my full confidence in the critical position of chief of the Division of Wildlife,” said Zehringer. “Scott is an avid hunter and angler and I know he’ll work aggressively on behalf of Ohioans to improve opportunities for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.”

Zody has served the department in a number of pivotal roles, spending more than half of his 20-year public career with ODNR. Hired in January as the department’s assistant director, he served as interim director following David Mustine’s move to JobsOhio where he now oversees energy development efforts. Zody’s previous positions with the department include deputy director and legislative liaison.

His career in public service extends to the Fairfield County Board of Commissioners, Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, and Legislative Service Commission.

Over the last several months, Zody facilitated meetings of stakeholders charged with developing a proposed framework to regulate species deemed to be dangerous wild animals in Ohio.

Former Division of Wildlife Chief David Lane will serve as assistant chief, overseeing operations in the division’s five district offices.

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at

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