Monger takes charge at Vale BLM district office

VALE - When it comes to finding the next person to manage 5.1 million acres of public land, it turns out the hiring process isn’t that much different from any other job.

Wayne Monger, the new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vale district manager, said he found out about the job on USAJOBS, where federal government civil service jobs are posted. After sending in a resume, going through background checks and weeks of interviews, Monger found out that he’d be replacing Don Gonzalez as the next Vale district manager.

Gonzalez served 14 years in the role and retired in December. Shane Deforest has served as acting district manager and will now return to his role as deputy district manager. 

The new role puts Monger in charge of nearly 200 employees at the Vale District office and a yearly . . .