Washington Department of Ecology’s Ben Penhale, who compares citizens to a hunter’s prey, can keep his job, benefits and authority, the department says.

The brouhaha started on Dec. 7, 2012, when Penhale was asked to clarify regulatory jurisdiction to San Juan County Planner Colin Maycock.

Instead, he wrote a bizarre, rambling email where he discussed his political opinions and personal beliefs. He then called a law-abiding landowner a “crafty adversary” who would try to break the law and damage his own property.