The Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Commission appointed Gregory Johnson to serve as the Department’s new Commissioner. On May 16th, he became the eighth head of the agency in its 70-year history. Johnson retired in 2011 after over 30 years with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management with minors in fisheries and chemistry in 1979. Johnson grew up farming in Wasco, Illinois and worked as a fishing guide, Forest Service biologist, and in a variety of capacities with the SCS/NRCS before finishing his career as director of the Financial Assistance Program Division. He is a lifelong hunter, angler and outdoorsman.