Former chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Scott Zody, 50, was found dead at his Fairfield County home on Wednesday morning. No information was available from wildlife officials.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, it appeared that Zody died of natural causes at his home near Sugar Grove, Ohio, south of Lancaster.
Zody resigned as chief on Sept. 14, 2015. He said at the time he had decided to leave the division for a private sector job. In a message to the wildlife staff he said his resignation was of his choosing and under his terms.
Zody was clerk and manager of the Fairfield County Commission. He reportedly made the move to spend more time with his family. The avid angler and hunter also served on the Berne Union School Board.
Zody joined the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 1999. He served as interim director of the ODNR until current Director James Zehringer was appointed. Zody had served as chief of the wildlife division since November 2011.
Before joining the ODNR, Zody was director of government affairs at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. He had been a legislative liaison for former Gov. George V. Voinovich for six years