Meet the Staff


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Richard Hatcher

(405) 522-6279


  Richard Hatcher came on board with the Wildlife Department as Oklahoma’s first furbearer biologist in 1979. He became a field supervisor in 1987 and has promoted through the ranks to his current position where he has served as Director since 2009. Throughout his tenure, Richard has played a key role in many agency programs and projects. He has been instrumental in building relationships with other conservation organizations, private industry and landowners. He has chaired several regional and national committees, and has received state and national awards from conservation organizations. Richard is responsible for both long-range programs and day-to-day progress, making sure the Department functions within the Commission’s policy guidelines and budget.
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Wade Free

Assistant Director, Operations
(405) 521-4660

  Wade Free was named the Assistant Director of Operations in 2011. He supervises the fish and wildlife management programs (Fish and Wildlife divisions), Law Enforcement and Information and Education divisions. The Assistant Director aids in executive duties and serves as Acting Director in the Director's absence.
profile picture of Melinda Sturgess Streich Melinda Sturgess-Streich

Assistant Director of Administration & Finance
(405) 521-6685
  Melinda Sturgess-Streich has been the Assistant Director of Administration & Finance since 2006. She supervises Licensing, Accounting, Human Resources, Information Technology, Property, and Communication Personnel. The Assistant Director aids in executive duties and serves as Acting Director in the Director’s absence.
Profile picture of Nels Rodfeld Nels Rodefeld

Information and Education Chief
(405) 521-3855
  Nels Rodefeld has been the Chief of Information and Education Division since 2006. He oversees education programs, publications, television and website content.
profile picture of Alan Peoples Alan Peoples

Wildlife Chief
(405) 521-2739
  Alan Peoples has been Chief of  Wildlife Division since 1999. He oversees all biologists and technicians on Wildlife Management Areas as well as wildlife research initiatives.
profile picture of Barry Bolton Barry Bolton

Fisheries Chief
(405) 521-3721
  Barry Bolton has been Chief of Fisheries Division since 2007. He oversees four state fish hatcheries, a research laboratory and regional biologists and technicians.
profile picture of Robert Fleenor Robert Fleenor

Law Enforcement Chief
(405) 521-3719
  Robert Fleenor has been Chief of  Law Enforcement Division since 2010. He oversees over 100 game wardens stationed in all 77 counties.