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Callaway, Carner promoted in AGFC’s ranks

LITTLE ROCK – Two seasoned members of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff have been promoted to department heads, said Mike Knoedl, director of the agency.

Todd Callaway is the new chief of the Enforcement Division and will carry the rank of colonel.

Brad Carner is the new chief of the Wildlife Management Division.

Callaway, of Hamburg, has been a wildlife officer for 29 years and is moving up from assistant chief of enforcement. He succeeds Jeff Crow who recently was named deputy director of AGFC.

He holds an associate degree in criminal justice and has completed a number of post-college courses in enforcement and leadership. He joined AGFC in 1984 as a wildlife officer and has moved up as a lieutenant, captain and major. He was named the Arkansas Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Officer of the Year in 1984 and was selected the AGFC’s Wildlife Officer of the Year in 1997. He received the Governor’s Award for Heroism in 1995.

Deputy Director Jeff Crow said Callaway’s experience is invaluable. “For the last 29 years, Colonel Callaway has been the embodiment of a servant leader. He has a heart for his Wildlife Officers and leads by example,” Crow added.

Carner, who lives at Plumerville, has been with AGFC for 15 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in biology from Arkansas State University.

He went to work for the AGFC in 1998 on Shirey Bay Rainey Brake Wildlife Management Area in northeast Arkansas and became an assistant regional wildlife supervisor, a private lands biologist, regional supervisor then the AGFC’s turkey and quail program coordinator. Carner also has been an assistant chief of the wildlife management division. He returned to a regional wildlife supervisor’s post at Russellville and returned to the Little Rock headquarters as interim chief of wildlife management.

Carner’s knowledge and understanding of the state’s wildlife resources will be very useful to the agency, Deputy Director Ricky Chastain said. “I’ve worked alongside Brad for many years. He’s the consummate professional when it comes to wildlife management,” he said.

Knoedl said that Callaway and Carner epitomize the agency’s staff. “I have every confidence that both Todd and Brad will excel in their new positions. As with all of my fellow employees, they are passionate about the protection and management of Arkansas’s natural resources,” Knoedl said.