A new commissioner has been named to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC).
Rob Finley of Mountain Home has been appointed to the commission by Gov. Asa Hutchinson for a seven-year term. Finley is an entrepreneur, owning multiple businesses, including Route 66 Warranty, Rip’s Retreat and Cranor’s White River Lodge.
“When I appointed a Game and Fish Commissioner, I look at certain qualities. Those qualities include, not just a love of the outdoors but a love of conservation and the need to use and be good stewards and preserve what we have in Arkansas for the next generation and beyond. I don’t want to appoint somebody who’s just a user. I want to appoint somebody who reflects the values of this state and wants to make sure that it’s there for this generation and the next,” Hutchinson said.
“The opportunity to serve on the Game and Fish Commission is something that I’ve long for most of my adult life. I’ve had the upmost respect for what they do, what they stand for,” Finley said.
Finley will be placing Ken Reeves on the commission. Reeves, the most recent commission chairman, was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe in 2013 to the commission. His term official ends on June 30, 2020.
Reeves is the former vice president and general counsel for FedEx Freight in Harrison, according to his AGFC biography.
The next commissioner whose term expires is Andrew Parker, the current vice chairman. Appointed to the commission in 2014, Parker’s term is set to expire on July 1, 2021.
In addition to Parker, the remaining commissioners include Joe Morgan, Bobby Martin, Stan Jones, John David “J.D.” Neeley, Anne Marie Doramus and Dr. Steven J. Beaupre, who is an ex-officio commissioner.
Photo and additional reporting by Adeline Goodman