Hanes submits resignation to committee

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Saying he was frustrated with several issues relating to last Thursday's meeting, Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee member Joe Hanes resigned before Monday's meeting.

"I don't think I'm the person for the job," Hanes told the committee, saying his decision was personal.

Hanes did say he is still keenly interested in the health and well-being of the river, but that he is no longer interested in serving on the committee.

"You're welcome to call me any time," Hanes told the committee. "I will help in any way I can."

The committee did not immediately accept Hanes' resignation.

"I just want to give him some time here to reconsider," said committee member Ken Tarbox.

Chair Bob Merchant agreed.

"A cooling off period is a good idea," he said.

The committee agreed not to accept Hanes' resignation until at least two weeks prior to the next meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 19 at the Kenai River Center. If the resignation is accepted, the committee will have to find someone to fill Hanes' designated guide seat. Currently, only one other guide -- Tom Corr -- holds a designated guide seat on the committee.

Reached Tuesday for comment, Hanes said he's doubtful he'll reconsider his decision to resign.

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