A deputy environmental secretary has been tapped as the next executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, where he served previously.

Tim Schaeffer, deputy secretary for water programs at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, won the unanimous vote of the Fish and Boat Commission’s board during a meeting today.

From 2008 to 20017, Schaeffer was director of policy and planning at the commission, which he will begin leading on Nov. 13.

He replaces John Arway, who is retiring on Nov. 3 after holding the post for eight years.

“I’m extremely honored and grateful to the board of commissioners for the opportunity to lead such a great agency,” said Schaeffer, who lives with his family in New Cumberland, Cumberland County. “I’m excited to get to work.”

Board President Eric Hussar said Schaeffer’s experience speaks for itself.

“We look forward to seeing how he’s going to lead us into the future and advance our mission,” Hussar said.

Covering costs and continuing to encourage people to fish remain challenges for the commission.

The commission has sought authority from lawmakers to increase the price of fishing licenses, which hasn’t changed in 13 years.

Seeking to operate without a deficit, the agency has left jobs of waterways conservation officers vacant, and Arway proposed closing some hatcheries.