Paul Spurgeon, Maramec State Park Hatchery manager, will begin serving as hatchery manager at Roaring River State Park on April 1. Spurgeon formerly served as assistant manager at Roaring River Hatchery.
"When I worked at Roaring River before, I thought it was such a beautiful place, and I really like the people," said Spurgeon. "One of the things that is really attractive about Roaring River is that the community surrounding the park is so supportive of the hatchery and the park. I've never seen another area that supports their park so much."
Spurgeon, who has a bachelor of science in biology and English from Drury University in Springfield, began his career at Indian Trail Hatchery near Salem in 1985.
In 2001, after serving as a resource assistant at Meramec State Park Hatchery for a short time, Spurgeon was appointed to the position of assistant manager at Roaring River State Park Hatchery. He held this position until he received the opportunity to serve as manager at Meramac Hatchery in 2003.
"In returning to Roaring River, I hope to help maintain and enhance the beauty of the area," said Spurgeon. "I also want to continue to promote the Kids Fishing Day program and oversee the production of quality fish for a good fishing experience."
Spurgeon will replace current Roaring River State Park Hatchery Manager Jerry Dean, who is retiring on April 1. Dean has served Roaring River for 19 years.
"Paul is very much interested in doing the best he can to give good customer service at Roaring River," said Dean. "He is also known for conducting a great Kids Fishing Day program at Maramec State Park. I am sure Paul will do a great job at the Roaring River Hatchery."
Spurgeon, who has worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation for over 24 years, plans to relocate to Barry County. He and his wife, Lynn, will live north of Roaring River State Park on Highway 112.