DALLAS – Joined by family and friends, James Jay Delaney Jr. of Wilkes-Barre was officially sworn-in as a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Burke of West Pittston Thursday. The ceremony took place at the Game Commission’s Northeast Region Office in Dallas.
On March 12, Gov. Edward G. Rendell nominated Delaney to the Board of Game Commissioners. He was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on April 17. Delaney fills the vacant seat for District 7, which comprises Carbon, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. His term expires on April 17, 2015.
An avid outdoorsman, Delaney has been a sportsman and hunter in northeastern Pennsylvania for nearly 32 years and has hunted or fished in every county in the district he represents.
“There are many tasks that the Pennsylvania Game Commission must address is the near future,” Delaney said. “I believe youth hunter recruitment and retention of hunters in the Commonwealth is extremely important in continuing the Game Commission’s mission.
“One of my other concerns would be the stewardship of the more than 1.4 million acres of State Game Lands, and I believe that my membership with the North Branch Land Trust shows my commitment to preservation of those lands.”
Delaney said that he welcomes the opportunity to be a part of the Board of Game Commissioners and to help guide the agency in facing its many duties.
“The Game Commission is responsible for the conservation and management of 467 species of mammals and birds,” Delaney said. “I am not new to the workings of the Game Commission. I have attended many of the quarterly meetings, and I have watched and learned how each of the commissioners must value all of the stakeholders that hunt, trap and are concerned about our wild resources in Pennsylvania. A true sportsman is concerned about all species and wildlife management.
“I have the time, energy, and hunting heritage values to assist the Board of Game Commissioners and agency staff to make Pennsylvania’s Game Commission a model for the United States.”
Delaney is a fire captain with the City of Wilkes-Barre Fire Department, where he has served since 1981. He also has been a paramedic with the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center since 1981, and is a fire/EMS instructor at the Public Safety Training Institute at Luzerne County Community College. In addition to numerous training certifications for various emergency services functions, he also has been trained to serve as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Incident Commander by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In 2004, Delaney was recognized as the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Medical Services Outstanding Provider (Paramedic) of the Year. In 2003, Delaney was awarded the American Red Cross’ Lifesaving Award of Merit. He is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Fire Department Athletic Association.
A graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School in Pittston, Delaney later earned an associates degree in Applied Science/Fire Science Technology from Luzerne County Community College. He also earned his paramedic certification from Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
A life-long resident and native of the Wyoming Valley, Delaney is a member and Youth Education Chairman for the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever. He also is a member and trustee of the Upper Pittston Sportsmen’s Club, and a member of the National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation and the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.
In addition to his membership with the North Branch Land Trust, Delaney is a member of the Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association.
A member of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Miners Mill, Delaney and his wife, Valerie, have three children: Sarah, Jamie and Megan.
“We welcome Commissioner Delaney to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and look forward to benefiting from his experiences both as a hunter and a dedicated public servant,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director.