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LITTLE ROCK – Commissioners unanimously approved Jeff Crow as director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at today’s monthly meeting.
Crow, AGFC chief of staff, will assume the role of director July 1. He will replace Mike Knoedl, who is retiring after 31 years with the agency. Crow will be the agency’s 17th director in its 101-year history.
“I’m very humbled by the Commission’s decision, but I also am very confident moving forward,” Crow said. “The direction and support this Commission has given Director Knoedl and myself gives me that confidence. The staff of the AGFC are like none other in their passion and dedication, and I think we are really poised to continue this agency’s momentum in managing the natural resources of the state for the people of Arkansas.”
Each Commissioner spoke highly of all candidates interviewed for the position.
“I feel very comfortable that long after I’m gone that we are in good hands with the leaders in place at this agency,” Commissioner Steve Cook said. “You have a great staff underneath you, and I look forward to the progress you’ll make for the people of Arkansas.”
Knoedl echoed Cook’s comments.
“I’ve been given a lot of credit for this agency’s success, but I’m just one man. We have an all-star team of employees that are passionate about what they do, and I truly think they are the best employees of any agency anywhere, not just in the state.”
Crow worked as an AGFC wildlife officer from 1986 to 1996 before accepting a position with Arkansas State Police, where he worked until his retirement from law enforcement in 2011. He returned to the AGFC in 2012 as colonel of the Enforcement Division, was promoted to deputy director in 2013 and AGFC chief of staff in 2014. He also served 25 years in the Marine Corps, both active and reserve. He is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from John Brown University and a master’s in public administration from Arkansas State University.