LITTLE ROCK - Applicants for the vacant director’s position at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will have two more weeks to apply. During a special meeting of the AGFC Personnel Committee today, Commissioners extended the application deadline from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15.
The extension came after input from former director Scott Henderson. Henderson, now the AGFC’s Special Liaison, stepped down Sept. 1. Henderson told the committee he had spoken with several directors from other agencies at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies conference last week in Biloxi, Miss. “One thing that did come up and that was apparent to me was that there may be a much wider pool of applicants after this election,” Henderson said.
Personnel Committee Chairman Rick Watkins said that major national conservation organizations, wildlife agencies for all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and all AGFC personnel above the level of Division Chief were sent information packets regarding the position. “We sent out 130 letters. It is my intention to follow up with calls to each of the directors of the 16 states in SEAFWA and encourage them to apply and pass the information on to qualified individuals within their organization,” Watkins said.
Commission Chairman Craig Campbell said that he had contacted directors at conservation agencies of the six border states to Arkansas. “I had great visits with them and told them Rick would be sending out a pack of information and asked that they share it with their subordinates and anybody they had within their organization that might have an interest,” Campbell said.
Watkins added that once the application period closes on Nov. 15, the independent firm in charge of receiving the applications will open all responses and provide those to the personnel committee members for review. “It is the Commission’s intent to make all applications publically available as soon as they are opened,” he said.