On October 4th, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine formally announced the appointment of life-long angler William E. “Bill” Laine Jr. of Smithfield to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, as well as the reappointment of Kyle Schick. Mr. Laine served as Circuit Court Clerk in Isle of Wight County for 34 years, from 1973 to 2007, and has sat on VMRC’s Finfish Management Advisory Board for the past five years. “I’m very happy to welcome Bill Laine to this important position. He will make a terrific addition to the team as we move ahead with the challenges that face our marine resources in the future,” said VMRC Commissioner Steven G. Bowman.
Mr. Laine holds the official recreational fishing representative seat as designated by the Code of Virginia. Mr. Laine has fished regularly for more than 50 years, both in fresh and saltwater, mostly in the lower end of the Chesapeake Bay for the past two decades. Mr. Laine replaces Wayne McLeskey of Virginia Beach, who served eight years on the VMRC board.
Gov. Kaine also announced the reappointment of Kyle Schick of Colonial Beach, who is president of the Colonial Beach Yacht Center, to another four-year term on the VMRC board. “Kyle is a tremendous asset to the board and his reappointment is most welcome,’’ said Bowman. “I wish to thank Mr. McLeskey for his many years of dedicated service. We wish him the best. He will be missed.”