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Colorado Parks and Wildlife names new northwest regional manager

JT Romatzke is Colorado Parks and Wildlife's new northwest regional manager.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the agency tasked with managing Colorado's wild animals and 42 state parks, named 19-year wildlife veteran JT Romatzke its new manager of the northwest region that encompasses Summit County.

Romatzke joined the agency in 1998 and became a district wildlife manager in 2002. Since 2008, he's functioned as the area wildlife manager for Garfield and Mesa counties.

The agency stated in a news release that Romatzke was instrumental in the realization of the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex, completed this May east of Palisade. In 2015, he was also honored with the Colorado Cattlemen's Association's Public Servant of the Year award, and the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers named him Officer of the Year as well.

"Colorado Parks and Wildlife is one of the most respected natural resource management agencies in the nation and being offered a leadership role of this capacity is truly humbling," Romatzke said in the release. "This is one of the biggest honors a staff member can be given. I look forward to the challenge."

He replaces former regional manager Ron Velarde, who retired on June 30 after 47 years with CPW — the last 17 leading the northwest region. Romatzke assumes his new duties on Aug. 19.