Tony Sanders Appointed TN Fish & Wildlife Commissioner by Governor Bill Haslam
Tony Sanders Appointed Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commissioner by Governor Bill Haslam
Conservative outdoor enthusiast to serve four-year term
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (May 18, 2017) – Chattanooga outdoor enthusiast, accountant, and former Hamilton County GOP Chairman Tony Sanders has been appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve as Commissioner of the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission (TFWC) for District 4. TFWC’s District 4 is a 10-county region that includes Hamilton, Bradley, Polk, Meigs, Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, McMinn, and Monroe Counties, and features the Tennessee, Hiwassee, Ocoee, Tellico, and Sequatchie Rivers, several state parks, and numerous public lands used for recreation and hunting.
“I’m honored that Governor Haslam has appointed me to represent all the folks who enjoy the outdoors of this area. I’ve hunted and fished so many of our region’s incredible lands and lakes,” noted Sanders, host of the popular radio program, Tony Sanders Outdoors, which is in its tenth year on WGOW. “I look forward to my work with TFWC to promote and preserve our area and its resources.”
Sanders’ passion for the outdoors and sporting life made him a logical and ideal choice for the 13-member panel charged with the mission “to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors,” according to the Agency’s website.
The appointment was effective May 11, with the term of service through February 28, 2021, to one of Tennessee’s few agencies largely sustained not with tax dollars, but with revenue generated from licenses and permits obtained by anglers, hunters, and others who enjoy Tennessee’s outdoors.
“I’ll go to work immediately at my first meeting on May 23rd. The value of Tennessee’s sporting industry to our state is not only a blessing to each resident who enjoys our rich surroundings, but also to tourists and businesses that drive our growing economy. In Tennessee, the outdoors creates jobs,” concluded Sanders, who works as a Certified Public Accountant in the insurance industry.
“The diverse region we enjoy in southeast Tennessee is a treasure for those who live, work, and play here. It’s also a deep well for our economy. My priority will be to protect this resource for our enjoyment and use in the sporting world,” stated Sanders.
Tony Sanders and his wife Kinah live in Soddy Daisy and have two grown children and one grandchild. Tony’s activities include membership as an NRA Life Benefactor Member, the State Executive Committee of Tennessee Friends of NRA, and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Safari Club International. He is a founding officer of the Tri-State Quail Forever chapter, and a member of National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever, and Chattanooga’s Highland Sportsman’s Club. Tony also enjoys professional membership in the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and the Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association.