On Monday Chandler Woodcock, commissioner of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will officially announce the people he has selected for his leadership team.
Colonel Joel Wilkinson will be reappointed to lead the Maine Warden Service.
Andrea Erskine will be appointed deputy commissioner.
Edith Smith will be appointed director of the Information and Education Division.
Wilkinson was first appointed to the colonel’s position during the Baldacci Administration and most recently served as the department’s acting commissioner.
Erskine is currently responsible for the rule-making process where she works with the commissioner and his Fish and Wildlife Advisory Council. She also serves as IF&W’s point person at the legislature. She is the first woman to serve as IF&W’s deputy commissioner.
Smith managed the successful 2004 referendum campaign that defended bear hunting and trapping. She’s been self-employed for three decades, working for a diverse group of clients. She managed the landowner relations conference last December cosponsored by the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, and a 2009 conference of fish and game clubs.
And, in the name of full disclosure, I must disclose that Edie is my sister.
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