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Voyles to lead AZ Game and Fish Dept.

A 34-year veteran of the Arizona Game and Fish Department was selected to lead the agency, the department announced Jan. 28.

Larry Voyles, supervisor of the department’s Yuma region, will replace Duane Shroufe, who is set to retire in March.

Voyles was appointed by the five-member Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

He joined the department in 1974 as a game ranger and worked in the Wellton, Wickenburg and Prescott districts. He later became the coordinator for the wildlife enforcement program and, after that, the agency’s training coordinator. In 1988, he became the Yuma district supervisor.

Voyles was one of 30 applicants, the agency stated.

As director, he reports to the commission and serves as chief administrative officer.

The state Game and Fish Department has more than 600 employees and operates on a budget of more than $80 million a year. Funding comes from fees on hunting and fishing licenses, as well as the Heritage Fund (lottery proceeds), the Wildlife Conservation Fund (from Indian gaming) and other sources.

Shroufe will retire in March, before the end of his current five-year contract, which expires in January. Voyles will serve out the remainder of the term. Shroufe led the department for nearly 20 years.

Voyles has a bachelor of science in wildlife biology from Arizona State University.

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