Jason L. DeCoskey - Director, Bureau of Wildlife Protection
Jason L. DeCoskey was appointed Director of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection in January 2020. Having worked for the agency since 2001, he is responsible for overseeing and directing law enforcement operations.
Jason served in the United State Marine Corps from 1994-1998 as a fire direction controlmen for an artillery battery. He graduated with the Game Commission’s 26th Class of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation in 2002 and served the sportsmen in Dauphin county until 2006.
As a district officer, he served with nine Deputy Game Wardens, with who he credits for his success as a game warden.
From 2006 to 2010, Jason served as chief of the Special Permit Enforcement Division for the Bureau of Wildlife Protection. His responsibilities included issuing special permits, disabled person permits, and federal permits. From 2010 until 2017, Jason served as the chief of the Enforcement Division for the Bureau of Wildlife Protection. His responsibilities included administration of the statewide Deputy program, Ceremonial Unit, Woodland Tracking Team, and Conservation Officers Assistance Program.
From 2017 until 2020, Jason served as the Assistant Bureau Director of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection. In this role he supervised teams of covert and overt special investigators, including K-9 operations. His responsibilities included Commander of the Woodland Tracking Team, and TAC officer for the Pennsylvania State Police CLEAN system.
He is a member of the Marine Corps League, Pennsylvania Trappers Association, and the National Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association.
He graduated from Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, PA. Jason is a member of the 3rd Cohort of the North American Conservation Law Enforcement Leadership Academy and was the first graduate of the Conservation Leadership Program of Study given by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.