FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2002
"Mitch King brings an amazing wealth of talent and experience to the job of Deputy Regional Director," said Sam D. Hamilton. "I have had the pleasure of working with Mitch throughout much of his career, and I can think of no one more deserving and qualified to take on this important challenge. Throughout his career, Mitch has been committed to striking a balance between the needs of natural resource management and conservation, public demands on our natural resources, the communities' needs for economic development, and the rights of private citizens. This strong commitment will serve him well in his new position."
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, King began his career with the Service in 1977 as a biologist stationed at Vicksburg, Mississippi, working on wetland issues in the Mississippi River Valley. Since that time, he has worked for the Service in Cookeville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; Denver, Colorado; Bozeman, Montana; and Brunswick, Georgia. His responsibilities have ranged from the preservation and restoration of wetlands, working with Congress on Farm Bill legislation, the implementation of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, providing wildlife management assistance on Indian Reservation in Montana, resource planning and budget management on National Wildlife Refuges and carrying out the responsibilities of the Endangered Species Act.
King recently completed a 9-month assignment as the Acting Chief of the Southeast Region's National Wildlife Refuge System. During this period, his leadership elevated the celebration of the centennial of the System in the Southeast Region, where the system began on March 14, 1903 with the creation of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Sebastian, Florida.
"I appreciate this opportunity to help conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats in one of the most ecologically significant regions of the country," said King. "I look forward to assisting the Regional Director and the Service leadership in continuing to work with our State partners, other Federal agencies, private organizations, and the public to meet the needs of natural resources while balancing the needs of private citizens."
A native of Kentucky, King now lives in Snellville, Georgia with his wife Carla. They have two daughters and one granddaughter. Their youngest, Jennifer is married and lives in Monroe, Georgia. Their oldest, Dusty is also married and lives in Spokane, Washington with their granddaughter Madelyn.
King replaces Dale Hall who left the Southeast to become Regional Director
for the Southwest
Region, headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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