LITTLE ROCK — The state Game and Fish Commission has named Jeff Crow, chief of the agency’s enforcement division, as the commission’s deputy director.

"Jeff’s extensive leadership experience is invaluable to this agency. I expect great things from him and I think he’s the right person for this position," state Game and Fish Commission Director Mike Knoedl said in a release announcing Crow’s promotion Tuesday.

Crow, of Bismarck, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 25 years, both on active duty and in the reserves, and is a combat veteran of the Gulf War and Iraq War. He retired as a sergeant major in 2007.

Crow began his law enforcement career in 1986 as a wildlife officer with Game and Fish. In 1996, he accepted a position with the Arkansas State Police where he served in patrol, investigations and training and on the department’s SWAT Team.

After 25 years in law enforcement, he accepted a position as a law enforcement instructor for the University of Arkansas’ Criminal Justice Institute. He took over the commission’s enforcement division in 2012.

Crow has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from National Park Community College in Hot Springs and a bachelor of science degree in organizational management from John Brown University in Siloam Springs. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Arkansas State University.