The Commission 

< Back to About AGFC


The Commission consists of seven Arkansans appointed by the governor to seven-year terms. An eighth, non-voting, member sits as Chair of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s Department of Biology. It is the sole responsibility of the Commission to oversee the agency’s function as a wildlife management entity.

2013-14 Commissioners
Ron Duncan
Springdale, Arkansas

Chairman (2008-2015)


Governor Mike Beebe named Ron Duncan of Springdale to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Duncan started a fishing club in 1982 at Springdale Central Junior High School, where he was a civics teacher. Based on the simple idea of introducing kids to fishing, the club inspired a national initiative known as the “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” program. That program has produced thousands of similar clubs nationwide. HOFNOD, as the program is known, also is administered by AGFC.

Inducted into the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2004, Duncan has twice been honored as the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society Man of the Year and was the National Wildlife Federation Educator of the Year in 1999. Through the fishing clubs he’s championed, Duncan has worked closely with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s education and fisheries divisions.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Duncan joined the Springdale School District in 1974.

Duncan’s term expires July 1, 2015.

2001 Stout Drive, Springdale, AR 72762
479-466-1825 | rduncan@agfc.state.ar.us

Ty Patterson
Texarkana, Arkansas

Vice Chairman (2013-2014)


Governor Mike Beebe named Ty Patterson of Texarkana to serve the remaining 16 months of a term vacated by the resignation of Rick Watkins.

“Ty has a lifetime of outdoor experience, particularly in Southwest Arkansas,” Beebe said. “His enthusiasm and experience will serve him well as he represents that region of our State on the commission.”

Beebe pointed out that Patterson’s term, which is far short of the usual seven years, carries as much weight.

“It’s no less important, it’s no less significant and it’s no less an opportunity for you to leave your mark to help in conservation, to help in hunting and fishing, to help in young peoples’ education, to help across the board in this natural treasure we call Arkansas,” Beebe said.

Patterson, 35, is a partner in the Orr/Patterson Automotive Group in Texarkana. “It truly is a dream come true for someone like myself who is passionate about hunting and fishing,” said Patterson. “I look forward to joining forces with current commissioners, the director and all the staff at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in an effort to protect and preserve the abundance of wildlife and natural habitat we have here in our state."

A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Patterson grew up hunting and fishing in Southwest Arkansas. He is particularly fond of duck hunting and spring turkey hunting.

Patterson’s term will expire July 1, 2014.

7406 Jamie Circle, Texarkana, AR 71854
903-701-1082 | tjpatterson@agfc.state.ar.us
Emon Mahony
El Dorado, Arkansas

(2009-2016)


Governor Mike Beebe named Emon Mahony of El Dorado to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

"Emon is a true conservationist, the result of being a lifetime outdoor sportsman," Beebe said. "He understands both the environmental protection and economic opportunities that good stewardship can foster."

Mahony has been a trustee for the Arkansas Nature Conservancy since 2007. Governor Pryor previously appointed him to the Arkansas Soil and Water Commission in 1978, where he served for seven years, including one as chairman.

Mahony was one of the advocates who helped establish the 1/8-Cent Conservation Sales Tax for the AGFC and still works to create conservation easements to protect local ecosystems.

Since 1996, Mahony has been president of an oil and gas business in Union County. He spent the 20 years before that with the Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation, serving most of that time as the company's president. He also worked for U.S. Senator John McClellan and as a private attorney.

Mahony’s term will expire June 30, 2016.

106 W. Main, Suite 406, El Dorado, AR 71730
870-862-6464 | emahony@agfc.state.ar.us

Fred Brown
Corning, Arkansas

(2010-2017)


Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Fred Brown of Corning to Commission on July 1, 2010.

"Freddie has always been a level-headed man who understands the interests of the everyday sportsman," Beebe said. "He has lengthy experience as both a fisherman and a conservationist, and will honorably serve northeast Arkansas on the Commission."

Brown, 63, is the first Clay County resident ever appointed to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He is the first northeast Arkansas member of the Commission since 1991. Raised in Corning, Brown is a graduate of Arkansas State University and has farmed in Clay County for 40 years. He served six years with the Arkansas National Guard in the 875th Engineering Battalion.

A member of the Clay County Soil and Water Board, Brown also worked with a conservation group to prevent digging that would have disturbed fishing and hunting around the Little Black River.

Brown, whose term will expire June 30, 2017, replaces Brett Morgan of Little Rock.

1009 W 5th St., Corning, AR 72422
870-276-5517 | fbrown@agfc.state.ar.us

Steve Cook
Malvern, Arkansas

(2011-2018)


Governor Mike Beebe appointed Steve Cook of Malvern to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission July 29, 2011.

“Steve was imbued with a philosophy of conservation as a young man, and has never wavered from his dedication to that cause,” Governor Beebe said. “I am confident that the will work to protect fish and wildlife and their habitats for both current and future generations.”

Cook, 49, was born and raised in Hot Spring County, and grew up learning to hunt and fish along the Ouachita River. He has been involved with Ducks Unlimited for more than 30 years, serving previously as the Arkansas state chairman. Currently, he is a regional vice-president for the national organization. Cook is a member of the Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, and other conservation causes.

In addition, Cook has served on the executive committee of the Arkansas State Police Foundation and as a longtime commander of the Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Office’s Reserve Deputies.

Cook, whose term will expire July 1, 2018, replaced Craig Campbell of Little Rock.

19638 Hwy. 51, Malvern, AR 72104
501-626-5975 | scook@agfc.state.ar.us

Ford Overton
Little Rock, Arkansas

(2012-2019)


Gov. Mike Beebe named Ford Overton of Little Rock to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Overton replaced George Dunklin of DeWitt.

Overton, 46, owns West Tree Service in Little Rock and is currently a member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Board. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Overton is an avid outdoorsman who is especially interested in duck hunting, deer hunting, fishing and preservation.

“Ford has an enthusiasm for hunting, fishing and conservation, and a passion to ensure that our young people get the first-hand education to learn all three,” Beebe said. “He has already worked toward that end with the Game and Fish Foundation, and is ready to bring that same drive to the Commission.”

Overton's term will expire July 1, 2019.

8800 Ferndale Cutoff, Little Rock, AR 72223
501-978-6508 | foverton@agfc.state.ar.us

Ken Reeves
Harrison, Arkansas

(2013-2020)


Gov. Mike Beebe has named Ken Reeves of Harrison as the newest commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

“Ken grew up hunting and fishing in the natural beauty of north Arkansas, and has experienced our entire state’s outdoor destinations that need to be both enjoyed and conserved. His lifetime of legal experience will also serve him well as matters come before the Commission requiring thoughtful and objective review.”

Reeves, 65, is a vice president and general counsel for FedEx Freight in Harrison. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. A fisherman on Bull Shoals Lake since childhood, Reeves is also an avid turkey hunter, and enjoys hunting duck, deer, squirrel and quail.

A veteran of the Arkansas Army National Guard, Reeves has been a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.

Reeves’ term will expire June 30, 2020.

3520 Robin Hill Lane, Harrison, AR 72601
870-754-9086 | kreeves@agfc.state.ar.us

Dr. Frederick W. Spiegel
Fayetteville, Arkansas

(Ex-Officio)


Dr. Frederick W. Spiegel became a Commissioner (ex officio) in July 2008. Dr. Spiegel is Professor and Chair of Zoology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. In addition to studying and teaching about various microorganisms, Dr. Spiegel is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys and values fishing, hunting, and observing the wildlife of Arkansas.

University of Arkansas, Science and Engineering Building, Room 603
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-575-4248 | fspiegel@agfc.state.ar.us