HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Game Commission has appointed a new director of the Northwest Region Office in Franklin.
Richard Cramer, who has spent many of his 25 years with the Game Commission working within the Northwest Region, has been named director of the region office.
Cramer fills the vacancy created when former region director Keith Harbaugh retired.
Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough said Cramer will fulfill his new role nicely.
“Whether through the performance of his duties as a wildlife conservation officer in Forest County, a land manager responsible for habitat management on 10 state game lands totaling more than 45,000 acres in the region, or a land management supervisor in the region office, Rich has excelled in his service to the Game Commission and citizens of the Commonwealth,” Hough said. “He has a broad range of experience with the agency, holding several diverse positions providing a rare breadth of experience found in few if any others, and I’m proud to announce him as region director.”
Cramer grew up near the small town of McKean in Erie County.
After graduating from Edinboro University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Cramer served an internship in marketing with the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association.
He began his Game Commission career when he was selected to attend the 21st class of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in June 1991. Upon graduation in February 1992, he was assigned as a wildlife conservation officer in eastern Allegheny County.
In 1994, he transferred to western Forest County, where he served as a WCO for four years, and then accepted the Wildlife Education Supervisor position in the Northwest Region Office from 1998 to 2000.
Cramer served again as the WCO in western Forest County from 2000 to 2005, and then was promoted to a Land Management Group Supervisor in the Northwest Region, serving in that capacity from 2005 to 2014.
From 2014 up until he was appointed director of the Northwest Region, Cramer served as the Land Management Supervisor in the region.
“I am truly humbled to be named region director and intend to do my best to serve the public, do what is in the best interest of wildlife, and foster a great working environment for the Northwest Region staff,” Cramer said.