The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has named 27-year veteran Mike Knoedl to serve as the agency’s director.
Knoedl, who began his career with the AGFC in 1985, has served as the agency’s deputy director since 2011. He was selected with the support of all seven voting commissioners. He replaces Loren Hitchcock, who has announced his retirement.
“Mike is a great leader,” Commissioner Steve Cook said. “His experience leading our largest divisions will be invaluable as director. Mike will look for input and guidance from the great AGFC employees who have dedicated their lives to this agency. I expect great things from him. He’s the right person to lead us into the future.”
Knoedl began his AGFC career in 1985 as a Perry County wildlife officer. In 2008, he became chief of the Enforcement Division, a position he held until 2011.
“It’s a great honor to lead the intelligent, enthusiastic professional staff at our agency,” Knoedl said. “We are going to roll up our sleeves and go to work together as a team.”
Knoedl was chosen from three finalists for the AGFC director’s position. The Commission met with the three finalists for the director’s post late last month.
Knoedl was born and raised in Pulaski County. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Criminal Justice Institute. He is married to the former Lisa Darlington and has four grown children.