LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously Thursday to name Jeff Crow, currently serving as the agency’s chief of staff, to be its next director.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously Thursday to name Jeff Crow, currently serving as the agency’s chief of staff, to be its next director.


Crow, 51, of Bismarck will start as director on July 1. He will replace Mike Knoedl, who is retiring after 31 years with the agency.


Spokesman Keith Stephens said the commission did not discuss Crow’s salary. Knoedl’s annual salary is $134,056.


Crow began his career with the commission as a wildlife officer in 1986. He left the agency to join the Arkansas State Police in 1996 and worked there until 2011, when he became an instructor at the University of Arkansas’ Criminal Justice Institute.


He returned to the commission in 2012 to run its enforcement division. He was promoted to deputy director in 2013 and was named chief of staff in 2014.


Crow served in the Marine Corps, on active duty and in the reserves, for 25 years. A veteran of the Gulf War and the second Iraq War, he retired from the military as a sergeant major in 2007.


He has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from John Brown University and a master’s degree in public administration from Arkansas State University.


"I’m very humbled by the commission’s decision, but I also am very confident moving forward," Crow said in a statement. "The direction and support this commission has given Director Knoedl and myself gives me that confidence. The staff of the AGFC are like none other in their passion and dedication, and I think we are really poised to continue this agency’s momentum in managing the natural resources of the state for the people of Arkansas."


Knoedl said, "I’ve been given a lot of credit for this agency’s success, but I’m just one man. We have an all-star team of employees that are passionate about what they do, and I truly think they are the best employees of any agency anywhere, not just in the state."