Ed Carter has been selected as the new Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
According to TWRA spokesperson Dan Hicks, Carter received a 10-3 vote by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission, the governing body over TWRA. He will assume his new duties effective March 1.
Carter’s career began with the TWRA in 1972. He served as an education representative, hunter education coordinator, acting chief of the Information and Education Division, education and law enforcement training officer and an Region II assistant regional assistant manager.
He became TWRA’s Chief of the Boating Division when the division was formed in 1990. TWRA is the sole state agency charged with the responsibility for boating safety.
In addition to his supervisory positions within the TWRA over the years, he has served in leadership positions for several regional and national organizations and has received numerous accolades and honors during the course of his career. Recent leadership positions have included a term as president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, president of the Southern States Boating Law Administrators, chair of the National Safe Boating Council, a member of the executive board of the Canadian Safe Boating Council, and as the TWRA Emergency Services Coordinator for more than 16 years with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
He is a member of the State Homeland Security committee. Carter was a recent recipient of the USCG/USPS (United States Coast Guard/United States Power Squadrons) Eagle Award for Significant Contributions to Boating Safety. Other awards and citations for Carter include the NASBLA Bonner Award, NASBLA Lifetime Achievement Award, U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation, and in 2006, the Tennessee Legislature passed House/Senate Resolution 735 recognizing Carter for meritorious service to the State of Tennessee.
A native of Hawkins County, Carter is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He and his wife of 34 years, Karen, have three adult children Mark, Tracie, and Christie.
Carter replaces Gary Myers, 73, the longest serving leader of a state conservation agency in United States history. Myers announced his March retirement as the Executive Director of TWRA last October.
Most agree that Myers's most impressive accomplishment has been his extraordinary work in acquiring additional public lands for sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.
Chairman Kimsey said, "He's been tremendous… pretty much relentless in that regard. That would be the thing that stands out in my mind."
In other action, new officers were selected for the TWRC.
According to Hicks, Johnny Fred Coleman from Livingston, Tenn. was selected as the new Chairman.
Michael Chase from Knoxville, Tenn. was chosen as the new Vice Chairman.
Todd Shelton from Greeneville, Tenn. is the new TWRC Treasurer.
Five of the 13 Commissioners are set to come off of the TWRC, although some could potentially be re-appointed to additional terms.