Thomas P. Grohol has been selected as the new region director for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Southeast Regional Office in Reading.
Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe announced the appointment. Grohol fills the vacancy created when Doug Killough retired recently.
As regional director, Grohol will be responsible for all Game Commission activities in the agency’s 12-county Southeast Region, the state’s most populated region. He comes to the region director post from a Bureau of Wildlife Protection position in the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters, where he helped with the administration and supervision of the agency’s law enforcement activities.
Grohol began his career with the Game Commission in 1980, when he began serving as a deputy wildlife conservation officer in southern Luzerne County. He was accepted in 1993 into the agency’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation’s 22nd Class. Upon graduation, he was assigned to northwestern Lancaster County.
While a field officer, Grohol served as a defensive tactics instructor, verbal communications skills instructor and firearms Instructor. He also served as resident instructor at the Ross Leffler School of Conservation for the 24th, 25th and 26th classes.
Grohol in 2001 was promoted to chief of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection’s Administrative Division. In 2007, he became assistant director of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection, where he supervised the Special Operations Division. He also recently served as the program manager for the agency’s Computer-Aided Dispatch/Mobile Computer/ Records Management System project.
A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Grohol grew up in Hazleton, where he served as a police officer for the Hazleton Police Department from 1986 to 1993. He earned an associate degree in forestry from Williamsport Area Community College and received his Act 120 Municipal Police Officer Certification from the Pennsylvania State Police Training Center.
The Game Commission’s Southeast Region is comprised of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties.