Game & Fish di­rec­tor to step down next year

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

LIT­TLE ROCK (AP) — The di­rec­tor of the Arkansas Game and Fish Com­mis­sion is step­ping down next year.

Di­rec­tor Jeff Crow said Tues­day he will step down ef­fec­tive on Feb. 28 from the po­si­tion he has held since July 1, 2016.

Com­mis­sion Chair­man Steve Cook says Crow was in­stru­men­tal in the agency's re­sponse to the an­nounce­ment that chronic wast­ing dis­ease had been found in Arkansas's elk and deer herds and that his lead­er­ship dur­ing the agency's ef­forts to upgrade its pay plan was in­valu­able.

Crow worked as a wildlife of­fi­cer for the agency from 1986 to 1996 be­fore ac­cept­ing a po­si­tion with the Arkansas State Po­lice. He re­turned to the agency in 2012 and has served as its deputy di­rec­tor and chief of staff.

Cook says the search for Crow's re­place­ment will be­gin im­me­di­ately.

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