(11/11/13) Wisconsin did not have to look far to find its new chief conservation warden.
Todd Schaller, a 24-year veteran of the D-N-R's warden service, was named today to replace Randy Stark. Stark is retiring next month after 30 years with the D-N-R, the last 11 as the head of its law enforcement bureau. D-N-R Secretary Cathy Stepp made the announcement today. Stepp said she had a tough decision among several well-qualified candidates. Schaller said he was honored, and he's eager to begin his new role. Schaller is a native of Bangor, near La Crosse, and he's a graduate of U-W Stevens Point. He started his D-N-R career in 1989 as a field warden and spent 12 years at various locations. He then became a supervisor for the Oshkosh Warden team for eight years. For the past four years, Schaller has been the D-N-R's chief of recreation enforcement-and-education.