Bob Ziehmer will become the eighth director in the history of the Missouri Department of Conservation.He will take over for John Hoskins, who recently announced his retirement. Ziehmer, who had been assistant director of the agency, will assume his new position Jan. 15.
The move was announced Thursday at the end of a Conservation Commission meeting at College of the Ozarks.
Ziehmer, 42, is is a native of California, Mo., where he learned about the outdoors at a young age. He went trapping, hunting and fishing with his father, and credits his early interest in the outdoors to conversations with a conservation agent.
Ziehmer began with the Department of Conservation in 1991. He also has worked as an environmental consultant, an endangered species and aquatic services biologist, a policy specialist, and a government relations specialist.