Meet the Commissioners

Meet the Commissioners2018-10-04T11:55:54+00:00

New Mexico State Game Commissioners

Paul M. Kienzle III
Chairman

Attention: Chairman Paul M. Kienzle III
PO BOX 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504

The New Mexico Senate confirmed his appointment Feb. 25, 2013. Kienzle represents Game Commission District Five.

William “Bill” Montoya
Vice-Chairman

Attention: Vice-Chairman William “Bill” Montoya
PO BOX 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Bill Montoya is a former director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He worked for the Department for 28 years, overseeing conservation and game management before taking over the director’s position. He is also the former president of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He holds a degree in wildlife management from New Mexico State University. The New Mexico Senate confirmed his appointment Feb. 25, 2013. Montoya represents Game Commission District 1. The district is composed of Curry, De Baca, Roosevelt, Chaves, Lincoln, Otero, Eddy and Lea counties.

Craig Peterson

Attention: Commissioner Craig Peterson
PO BOX 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Craig Peterson is a lifetime resident of New Mexico, and native of San Juan County. He is currently employed as a business development specialist for M&R Trucking Company. In his personal time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

Ralph Ramos

Attention: Commissioner Ralph Ramos
PO BOX 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Ralph Ramos, a native of Hurley in Grant County, is a Middle School Principal in Las Cruces, having served that community and Las Cruces Public Schools for 18 years. He has taught Agriscience and served as advisor to the local Future Farmers of America chapter for eight years before moving into administration. He holds a BS and MA in Agricultural Education from NMSU. He is a lifelong professional sportsman and guide and has hunted throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Africa as he is currently serving as a hunting industry pro staff member. His passion is educating the public through articles and videography, as well as presenting elk and turkey calling seminars for Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other organizations. He is a member of: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Rifle Association, Mesilla Valley Sportsman’s Alliance. Ramos is one of two commissioners appointed at-large.

Bob Ricklefs

Attention: Commissioner Bob Ricklefs
PO BOX 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Robert Ricklefs has been ranch superintendent at Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico since 1981. He is in charge of wildlife management, livestock, agriculture, water rights, timber management and range management. He is a member of the Colfax regional water planning committee and is a founding member of the Cimarron Watershed Alliance. He contributed to the first black bear study in New Mexico and has been a cooperator in other New Mexico bear and cougar studies. He is a past member of the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management Advisory Council and currently serves as a board member with the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Wyoming. Ricklefs represents Game Commission District 4. In his personal time, he enjoys camping with family and grandchildren.

Thomas “Dick” Salopek

Attention: Commissioner Thomas “Dick” Salopek
PO BOX 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Dick Salopek of Las Cruces is a third-generation pecan farmer in the Mesilla Valley. He is an avid hunter, bowhunter and outdoorsman. He is co-owner of Tom Salopek Farms, Western Blend, Salopek 4-MP and Robledo Pecan Sorting. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Dona Ana County Planning & Zoning Commission, the New Mexico Pecan Grower’s Association, and is treasurer of the Dona Ana County Farm Bureau. Salopek has been on the Board of Councilors at Citizens Bank. He is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Rifle Association. He holds a B.A. in Agronomy and Soil Science from New Mexico State University. Salopek represents Game Commission District 2. The district is composed of Catron, Socorro, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra and Doña Ana counties.

Chance Chase

Attention: Commissioner Chance Chase
PO BOX 25112
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Chance Chase of Artesia, New Mexico is President of Chase Energy Services and Vice President of Business Development at Mack Energy Corporation. He received a BA in Psychology from Rollins College, as well as a Business Degree and Professional Land & Resource Management Degree from Western State Colorado University. Chance is a board member of the Chase Foundation and numerous community boards. He is an avid hunter and fisher, and enjoys teaching his children about the outdoors and wildlife.