Pennsylvania Game News - April 2020 - 50

Decoskey named Wildlife Protection director
The Pennsylvania Game Commission's
Bureau of Wildlife Protection has a new
director.
Jason Decoskey, who has worked
for the agency since 2001, in his new
position is responsible for overseeing and
directing law enforcement operations.
Decoskey succeeds Randy Shoup, who
recently retired.
Decoskey is a former Game
Commission field officer who most
recently worked as Bureau of Wildlife
Protection Assistant Director.
He said he welcomes the new
challenges his new position will bring.
"Bureau of Wildlife Protection staff
and I are proud to lead the finest game
wardens in the country," he said. "We'll
use the latest technology and training to
support agency operations and provide the
best service possible to Commonwealth
citizens."
Game Commission Executive Director
Bryan Burhans said Decoskey brings an
enthusiastic approach to the position and
is a credit to the agency.
"Wildlife protection plays a key role in
the agency's mission, and Jason, with his
wide range of experience, is able to step
into his new position without breaking
stride," he said.
Decoskey served in the U.S. Marine
Corps from 1994 to 1998 as a fire
direction controlman for an artillery
battery. He graduated with the Game
Commission's 26th Class of the Ross
Leffler School of Conservation in 2002
and served as a game warden in Dauphin
County until 2006. As a district officer, he
served with nine deputy game wardens,
who he credits for his success as a game
warden.
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From 2006 to 2010, Decoskey served
as chief of the Special Permit Enforcement
Division for the Bureau of
Wildlife Protection. His
responsibilities included
issuing special permits,
disabled person permits
and federal permits.
From 2010 to 2017,
Decoskey served as the DECOSKEY
chief of the Enforcement Division for
the bureau. His responsibilities included
administration of the statewide Deputy
Program, Ceremonial Unit, Woodland
Tracking Team, and Conservation
Officers Assistance Program.
From 2017 until 2020, Decoskey
served as the Wildlife Protection
Assistant Bureau Director. In this role
he supervised teams of covert and overt
special investigators, including K-9
operations.
His responsibilities included
commander of the Woodland Tracking
Team, and TAC officer for the
Pennsylvania State Police CLEAN
system.
Decoskey is a member of the
Marine Corps League, Pennsylvania
Trappers Association, and the National
Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs
Association. He graduated from Cedar
Cliff High School in Camp Hill, Pa.
He is a member of the 3rd Cohort of
the North American Conservation Law
Enforcement Leadership Academy and
was the first graduate of the Conservation
Leadership Program of Study given by
the Association of Fish and Wildlife
Agencies.
Decoskey enjoys trapping, hunting
and spending time with his wife Michelle.



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