Former state fish and wildlife ed manager arrested for stealing gear

The former Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife education manager was arraigned Monday on a string of felony charges alleging that he used his agency post in Salem to steal more than $8,000 in sporting goods, gear and tools.

Kenn Condon, 33, appeared in Marion County Circuit Court to face theft, forgery and official misconduct charges stemming from actions during his ODFW tenure from 2004 to his resignation from the agency in June of 2006.

At the time of his resignation, he was the agency's Education Services Section Manager, overseeing hunter- and angler-education programs, as well as the Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops.

A Marion County grand jury indicted Condon on four counts of first-degree theft, two counts of first-degree official misconduct, and one count of first-degree forgery. The theft and forgery charges are felonies, while the misconduct charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

He was arrested on a warrant in Salem by Oregon State Police Trooper Josh Brooks Friday, less than a week after he returned from Iraq, where he was a second lieutenant with the Oregon Army National Guard's 224 Engineering Division.

Condon was released Saturday from the Marion County Jail after posting bail, according to the OSP. Now a resident of Blackfoot, Idaho, Condon was allowed by the court to return to Idaho pending his next court appearance, scheduled for July 15, the OSP said.

In May of 2007, the OSP's Fish and Wildlife Division conducted a four-week investigation into Condon after ODFW managers suspected thefts from the agency.

At that time, search of Condon's residence turned up some of the allegedly stolen items, ODFW spokesman Rick Hartgrave said. He declined to elaborate.

Under Oregon law, someone commits first-degree theft if the items taken are worth more than $750 or if it was a firearm.

Capt. Walt Markee, who head's the OSP's Fish and Wildlife Division, declined to say whether any firearms were involved.

During the investigation, Condon's unit was deployed to Iraq, Markee said. The warrant was extraditable only in Oregon, Markee said.

"We treated him like any other person who violates the law," Markee said.

Managers of the Denman Wildlife Area are warning local women to act sooner than later if they wish to take part in a next fall's pheasant-hunting workshop put on there by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Becoming an Outdoors Woman program.

The workshop, scheduled for Sept. 20-21 at the White City wildlife area, teaches participants the nuances of pheasant hunting and includes actual hunts on wildlife area fields stocked with pen-raised pheasants.

Similar hunts last year in Klamath Falls and two years ago at Denman drew interest from around the state, Denman Manager Vince Oredson says.

"We're limited to 25 people this time, and we think it will fill up pretty fast," Oredson says. "I'd like to see as many local women sign up as possible."

The workshop costs $40. To sign up, call the wildlife area at 826-8774 or download an application from the agency's Web site at

The boat ramp and parking lot at the Fish Lake trailhead closes today until June 27 while construction crews resurface the lot, according to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Construction crews will remove the existing surface to the parking lot and boat-launch area and replace it with new asphalt, forest spokesman Patty Burel says.

The old boat dock was deemed unsafe and has been removed, Burel says. It will be replaced with a new one later this year, she says.

The campground and picnic area will remain open during the renovation, though portable toilets are in place at the campground while work is done this summer to replace one of the older restrooms at the campground.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail

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