Huber resigns as head of sportfishing group

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2003

After more than four years on the job, Soldotna's Brett Huber has resigned as executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.

Huber submitted his resignation to the KRSA board of directors on Aug. 15, stating that he wished to pursue other interests.

What those other interests are is unknown. However, KRSA Chair Rik Bucy said last week that he would not be surprised to see Huber move on to a position in state government.

"I know he has interviewed with the Murkowski administration for a couple positions," Bucy said.

Huber could not be reached for comment.

Whatever his plans might be, it's unlikely Huber will have much idle time. He currently serves on the Alaska Outdoor Council and the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee, and has served as a past member of the Kenai River Special Management Advisory Board.

Bucy said KRSA is in the preliminary phases of locating a new executive director.

He said a search committee, made up of KRSA board members Ron Rainey, Reuben Hanke, Don McKay, Bill Wirin and Dave Lowery has been formed, though that's about it. He said KRSA has only just begun advertising for the new position.

Bucy said he expects the committee will have a replacement for Huber by January. He said the committee will be looking high and low to find someone to fill Huber's shoes.

"Nobody is ruled in, out or otherwise right now," he said. "The search committee is reviewing the criteria and job description right now in order to get the best person to do the job."

The loss of Huber isn't the only change at KRSA.

On Saturday, the group held a membership meeting and elected three new members to its board of directors.

In addition to reelecting board members Kevin Branson, Don McKay and Dave Lowery, the association added former Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton and Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner to the board.

They join search committee members Wirin, Lowery, Bucy, Rainey and Hanke on the 13-member board, along with Eldon Mulder, Bob Penney and Dan Mortensen.

The board oversees actions taken by the association, a non-profit corporation that promotes sport fishing on the Kenai River through river habitat projects, participation in the fisheries regulation process and support of environmental education programs.

Its biggest fund-raising event, the annual Kenai River Classic fishing tournament, raised more than $1 million this year.

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