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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Names George Peterson Commissioner of Fish and Game

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Names 
George Peterson Commissioner of Fish and Game

BOSTON - January 29, 2015 - Today, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton announced George N. Peterson, Jr. will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. Secretary Beaton also announced that Mary-Lee King will serve as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game.

“I have the utmost faith in George’s dedication and capability to lead the Department of Fish and Game,” said Matthew BeatonSecretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “As an avid outdoorsman and former commercial fisherman, George will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a unique understanding of the issues most important to sportsmen and commercial fishermen across the Commonwealth.” 

“I thank Secretary Beaton, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito for asking me to serve as Commissioner,” said George N. Peterson, Jr., Commissioner of Department of Fish and Game. I am honored to lead the Department of Fish and Game, and look forward to upholding the Department’s ongoing commitment to the protection of the Commonwealth’s wildlife, open space, and outdoors educational programs.”

“I would like to thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, Secretary Beaton, and Commissioner Peterson for this opportunity,” said Mary-Lee King, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game.  “Having worked for the last six years in the Department, I look forward to continuing to work with the agency’s talented and committed staff.”

George N. Peterson, Jr., Commissioner of Department of Fish and Game

George Peterson served for 20 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the Ninth Worcester District. Prior to his time on Beacon Hill, George served in municipal government for 10 years in the town of Grafton. 

In the private sector, George has worked as both a commercial fisherman based out of Gloucester, MA, as well as the owner of a wholesale and retail seafood business. 

George is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Stockbridge where he earned a degree in Park Management and Arboriculture.

Mary-Lee King, Deputy Commissioner of Department of Fish and Game

Mary-Lee King currently serves as the Interim Commissioner for the Department of Fish and Game. Mary-Lee has also served as the Legislative Director for the Department of Fish and Game. King has previously held the position of Chief Policy Advisor in the Weld Administration, and served as Chief of Staff for State Senator Paul Cellucci.

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