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Wisconsin DNR names Todd Schaller chief conservation warden

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin did not have to look far to find its new chief conservation warden.

Todd Schaller, a 24-year veteran of the DNR's warden service, was named today to replace Randy Stark. Stark is retiring next month after 30 years with the DNR, the last 11 as the head of its law enforcement bureau. 

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp made the announcement Monday. 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 UW-Stevens Point. He started his DNR 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 8 years. For the past four years, Schaller has been the DNR's chief of recreation enforcement and education.