Bristol's Dr. Jeff McMillin Elected As Tennessee Fish And Wildlife Commission Chairman

Friday, February 22, 2013
Dr. Jeff McMillin is the new chairman of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. 

Dr. McMillin, a dentist from Bristol, was elected by his fellow commission members and assumed his new office for 2013-14 at the end of the commission’s meeting on Friday, Feb. 15. He replaces William Brown, an attorney from Chattanooga, who received a plaque of appreciation in recognition of his service. 

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey said, “I am extremely proud to see Jeff elected chairman of the TWRA. His deep and abiding love of the outdoors cannot help but be transmitted to everyone with whom he comes in contact. As a fellow outdoorsman, I have appreciated Jeff’s dedication to serving on this commission. He is a treasure to the state and the perfect person to oversee TWRA’s mission of conservation and preservation of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife.”

Also present were TWRA executive Director Ed Carter and newly-appointed commission officers for 2013-14, secretary Jim Bledsoe (Jamestown), chairman Dr. Jeff McMillin (Kingsport), and vice chairman Jeffrey Griggs (Lexington). Mr. Brown will continue to serve as a member of the commission.


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