Our Agency

Mission Statement

To conserve and enhance fish and wildlife resources and provide opportunity for hunting, fishing, trapping, boating and other wildlife related activities.

Meet the Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner Benjy T. Kinman 

Benjy T. Kinman

Benjy began his Fish and Wildlife career as a Fisheries Biologist in 1976. He was promoted to Fisheries Research Biologist in 1984 and then Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator in 1986. In that capacity, he was instrumental in the development of Cedar Creek

Lake. In 2001, he was promoted to Fisheries Division Director and in 2008 was promoted to Deputy Commissioner.

Benjy resides in Frankfort. He received a B.S. from Eastern Ky. University and a M.S. degree from Murray State University. He served in the Ky Air National Guard as a Security Police Specialist and was honorably discharged from the US Army Reserves in 1977. Benjy is a Certified Fisheries Biologist with the American Fisheries Society (AFS) and a Certified Public Manager. He is past treasurer and chairman of the Reservoir Committee for the Southern Division of the AFS.

Benjy is very dedicated to natural resource conservation and simultaneously providing public use of the resource.

Meet the Directors

Hank Patton, Law Enforcement Director 

Hank Patton, Law Enforcement Director

Hank Patton is the Director of our Law Enforcement Division. His overall knowledge and understanding of all agency functions, and his commitment to the department’s core values make him uniquely qualified to lead our Law Enforcement Division. He is a strong leader who is already up to speed.

A retired U.S. Army Major, Patton joined the department in August 2005 after nearly 8 years with the National Wild Turkey Federation. He supervised the budget and operations of not only the Law Enforcement Division, but also the Administrative Services, Engineering, Information and Education, and Public Affairs Divisions. He has essentially filled in as acting director for the Law Enforcement Division since September, 2011.

“I can now focus all my efforts on our law enforcement division,” said Patton. “Our conservation officers not only are some of the best trained law enforcement officers in Kentucky, but in many ways they are the face of the department – the employee with whom our customers most often come into contact.

Increasingly, they also are among the first responders to help our citizens during disasters such as floods and brutal winter storms.” He said. “And that is to be expected because our officers have the training, equipment, and personal drive to navigate treacherous waters and storm-blocked roads to reach stranded people. I am both humbled and proud for this opportunity to be a part of them,” he said.

Hank is a Kentucky native, hailing from Booneville, KY in Owsley County. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Kentucky University, A Master of Arts in Adult Education from Morehead State University, and post graduate work in Higher Education Administration at the University of Kentucky. He is also a graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute.

Hank and his family, Susan and Becky, reside in Berea, KY. He is an avid deer, turkey, and small game hunter and angler.

Brian V. Blank, Public Affairs Director 

Brian V. Blank, Public Affairs Director

Brian joins the Department from the industry side of fish, wildlife and boating. Brian has served in several marketing capacities, most notably with Dick’s Clothing and Sporting Goods, Medalist Apparel, and Emotion Kayaks. He also served as the member and marketing director for the American Sport Fishing Association. He has a BA in History from the Messiah College, Grantham, PA. Brian has a vast amount of experience in social networking, community based marketing, customer tracking, product evaluation, and customer recruitment and retention. His skills in developing a grass roots effort to reach new license buyers and evaluating how to retain the existing customers we already have are his most valued assets.

Brian is an avid hunter and angler, and enjoys stream fishing from a kayak, as well as deer and turkey hunting. Brian was born and raised outside of Baltimore, MD, where he learned to appreciate and enjoy the waters around the Chesapeake Bay. As an avid outdoorsman, Brian understands the needs of the hunter, angler, and trapper, and will quickly become an expert in addressing how we can better serve them.

Brian has now made his home in Frankfort.

Ron Brooks, Fisheries Director 

Ron Brooks, Fisheries Director

Ron Brooks, a distinguished instructor from one of the country’s top fisheries research universities, is the new fisheries director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. He replaces Benjy Kinman, who was recently confirmed as a deputy commissioner at the department.

A native of Farmington, Illinois, Brooks, 54, comes to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Brooks earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology from the school.

“I’ve been researching fisheries for 22 years,” he said. “I have a lot to learn with this job. It is a challenge and that is what I look forward to.”

Brooks refined and successfully redeveloped a reliable technique to mark stocked fish with oxytetracycline, a type of antibiotic that leaves a discernable mark in fish without harming them. Oxytetracycline, also known as OTC, allows biologists to determine whether a fish was stocked. Researchers use this information to gauge the success of stocking programs.

Brooks also conducted studies on sturgeon migration in the Mississippi River, sauger reproductive success in the Illinois River as well as studies on largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and walleye.

The new fisheries director is excited about moving closer to the Cumberland River, where he can pursue his love of trout fishing. “I’ve fished the Cumberland several times,” he said. “I’ve also fished the White River in Arkansas - and the fish in the Cumberland run bigger.”

One of Brooks’ goals as director is conducting more research on stocked fish. “I would also like to increase our exposure and let the rest of the country know about the wonderful fisheries resources we have here in Kentucky,” he said.

Brooks wants to increase the amount of professional publications coming from the fisheries divisions. “Overall, I want to continue what Benjy Kinman’s done with this division,” Brooks said. “He’s done a fantastic job.”

Keith A. Parker, Director of Engineering 

Keith A. Parker, Director of Engineering

Keith A. Parker has recently been named as the Director of the Engineering Division at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. Keith started working with the Engineering Division in 1992 as a summer employee while in college. After graduating in 1993 from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, he took a permanent position with the Department and has been in a part of the Engineering Division since. In 1995 Keith obtained his Land Surveyor in Training Certificate and in 1998 he became licensed as a professional engineer. In 2005, he was promoted to a Fish and Wildlife Program Manager which serves as the Assistant Director of the Engineering Division.

As the Director of the Engineering Division, Keith oversees all of the department's construction and design projects while supporting all other divisions in the agency.

A native of Franklin County, Keith resides in Frankfort with his wife and two children. He has been an avid hunter and fisherman all of his life.

Tim Slone, Information and Education Director 

Tim Slone, Information and Education Director

Tim Slone became Director of the Division of Information & Education in September 2003. He began his career with the department as a fisheries division summer aide in 1984. Since then he has served as a fisheries biologist, endangered species biologist, and the wildlife diversity program coordinator. Slone earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Science in Biology from Morehead State University. As director, Slone oversees all public information services such as Kentucky Afield TV & Radio shows and Kentucky Afield Magazine. He also manages all educational programming, including summer conservation camps, the Salato Wildlife Education Center, Hunter Education, and school conservation program.

Slone is a graduate of the Kentucky Natural Resources Leadership Institute. He is a past president of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Currently he is a member of the Kentucky Chapter of the Wildlife Society and the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network.

A lifelong sportsman, Slone is an avid bow hunter, bird hunter, and angler. He also enjoys scuba diving, bird watching, and herpetology. In addition to his other leisure time pursuits, Slone is a very bad golfer.

Dr. Karen Alexy Waldrop, Wildlife Director 

Dr. Karen Alexy Waldrop, Wildlife Director

Research Program Coordinator, Dr. Karen J. Alexy Waldrop is now Director of the Division of Wildlife. Dr. Waldrop earned her Doctorate Degree in Forest Resources from Clemson University.

Dr. Waldrop began her association with KDFWR in 1999 when she began working on the elk restoration program in southeastern Kentucky. Then, in 2000, the department funded a Clemson University study of Kentucky’s elk restoration in which she was the lead researcher. That grew into a 2004 post-doctoral study with the University of Kentucky that continued her elk research and management work. She then joined the department as the Research Program Coordinator in March 2005.

Dr. Waldrop has a diverse background in wildlife management and conservation. She has worked with everything from deer and elk to gopher tortoises and salamanders. She has been a hunting and fishing enthusiast most of her life, and she credits her parents for her sound conservation and management values. She enjoys squirrel hunting with her treeing feist squirrel dog Annie, striper fishing, rabbit hunting, crappie fishing, archery hunting for deer and elk, and turkey hunting. She also enjoys kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking. She soon hopes to add rock climbing to her list of activities.

District Commission Members

Terry K. Teitloff - 1st District 

Terry K. Teitloff - 1st District

(270) 928-4348

First District Counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg.

Terry Teitloff serves as Regional Manager of Technical Services for Kentucky, Arkansas and Illinois, Southern and Gulf Coast Division, for Vulcan Materials Company (Grand Rivers Quarry). He’s been with Vulcan 32 years.

He is a 59-year resident of Livingston County. He and his wife of 39 years, Michelle, have two daughters.

He is a trustee at “The Potter’s House Baptist Worship Center”, secretary of Smithland Masonic Lodge #138. He is a member of Smithland Area Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, Coalition for the Kentucky Chambers, Board member of Ledbetter Water and Sewage Department, Livingston County Democratic Executive Committee, League of Kentucky Sportsmen, National Wild Turkey Federation, Jackson Purchase Quail Unlimited, Livingston County Ducks Unlimited, and a sponsor of the Livingston Central High School National Scholastic Sportsman Program.

“It is an honor for me to represent the sportsmen and women of Kentucky on this commission,” he said. “I believe very deeply that hunting and fishing promotes strong family units and healthy character.”

C.F. "Frank" Williams - 2nd District 

C.F. "Frank" Williams - 2nd District

Second District counties: Allen, Butler, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Logan, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Union, Warren, Webster.

“Frank” Williams is the owner of Ronald Johnson and Associates, PSC, a Madisonville engineering and surveying firm. He currently serves as the City Engineer for Dawson Springs, Earlington, Hanson, Greenville and Cadiz. He also is the Hopkins County Engineer.

Williams’ more than 31 years of professional practice includes a diverse background of managerial and technical experience in civil and mining engineering, land surveying, flood mitigation and health and safety.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1976. His professional certifications include Professional Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor, Certified Floodplain Manager, Former Certified Safety Professional, Emergency Medical Technician, and Mine Foreman.

Williams’ professional associations have included the National Society of Professional Engineers, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, Kentucky Association of Professional Surveyors, Rotary Club of Madisonville, Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, Western Kentucky Mining Institute and National Mine Rescue Association.

Stuart N. Ray - 3rd District 

Stuart N. Ray - 3rd District

(502) 649-9128

E-mail: stu@ray4kdfwr.com

Third District Counties: Breckinridge, Bullitt, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer.

Stuart N. Ray, of Louisville is the President & Founder of The Peregrine Company. In addition, he is an entrepreneur who has founded a number of other successful businesses. He represents the Third Wildlife District.

Ray enjoys hunting, fishing and golf. He is a licensed falconer. He is a co-founder, member of the board of directors and past chairman of the George Rogers Clark Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

His memberships include the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quail Forever, Trout Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association, League of Kentucky Sportsmen and Safari Club International. He is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He has served as a director on numerous charity, business and trade association boards.

He is married to Michele. The couple has five children: Randal Elizabeth, Shelby Ann, Jordan Marie, Olivia Clare, and S. Parker.

Dr. James R. Angel - 4th District 

Dr. James R. Angel - 4th District

(270) 789-2471

Fourth District Counties: Adair, Barren, Cumberland, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, Larue, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Taylor and Washington.

Dr. James R. Angel previously served one term on the Commission from 1989 through 1993. He was reappointed August 2005 for another term.

Dr. Angel practices adult and pediatric urology and resides in Campbellsville. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his doctorate of medicine from Tulane University.

Dr. Angel is quoted as saying, “I have had a lifelong commitment to bettering the fish and wildlife resources of this state.” “I am looking forward to working with the other members of the commission and the commissioner.”

Jimmy Bevins - 5th District 

Jimmy Bevins - 5th District

(859) 621-5251

Fifth District Counties: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, and Trimble.

Jimmy Bevins, who “developed his love of the outdoors hunting squirrels with his father in the hills of Owen County,” is Owner/President of Bevins Motor Company. Its main office is located in Georgetown. He started the primarily agriculture business after earning his degree in business administration and economics from Georgetown College. Today, his company operates John Deere dealerships in Georgetown, Paris, Richmond and Mt. Sterling.

Jimmy lives among numerous wildlife food plots and an abundance of warm season grasses that benefit many game and non-game wildlife species on his Owen County farm next to the Dr. James R. Rich Wildlife Management Area. His two children, Bolton and Jenna, also are Kentucky residents.

His Life Memberships include the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, National Rifle Association, Safari Club International, Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society and National Sporting Clays Association. He also is a member of Ducks Unlimited and Quality Deer Management Association. Jimmy serves on the Advisory Board of Peoples Exchange Bank in Georgetown.

“I am thankful and honored to have been selected to represent sportsmen and sportswomen in the Fifth District about the wildlife issues that have been so dear to me throughout my life, and I am looking forward to the challenges.”

Stephen M. Glenn - 6th District 

Stephen M. Glenn - 6th District

(502) 875-4208

Sixth District Counties: Anderson, Boyle, Casey, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Powell, Rockcastle, Scott and Woodford.

Stephen M. Glenn is in his second term as a member of the Fish and Wildlife Commission. He served two years as its chairman.

He has been in the bridge repair and construction business since 1976 and continues today as superintendent with Judy C. Harper Construction Company, which specializes in bridge repair and construction.

A lifelong Frankfort resident and a veteran of the United States Navy, he has been married to his wife Cheri 27 years. They enjoy training their Golden and Labrador Retrievers and hunting waterfowl and doves. He also enjoys fishing for pan fish, especially crappie and redear.

Steve is an NRA Life member. He is also a member of Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and Quail Forever.

“Hunting, fishing and making use of all the wildlife opportunities here in Kentucky are lifelong passions of mine. Representing Sixth District sportsmen and sportswomen on this commission continues to be the highest of honors.”

Voncel Thacker - 7th District 

Voncel Thacker - 7th District

(606) 438-5339

Seventh District counties: Breathitt, Floyd, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike

Voncel D. Thacker partners with his father in owning and operating Hindman Promart Home Center in Hindman. He also is construction supervisor of Elk Glen, LLC, where he oversees all construction and maintenance of The Meadow Subdivision near Hindman.

Thacker, a licensed guide, founded Shady Creek Outfitters, a local elk and turkey guide service in east Kentucky. He helped bring nationally acclaimed sponsors to Kentucky and introduced film producers and national outdoor shows to east Kentucky.

He is a longtime participant in multiple conservation organizations, such as National Wild Turkey Federation and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the National Rifle Association and assisted handicapped and youth in hunt of a lifetime experiences.

Thacker is a strong believer in farming and coal mining and his affiliations include Friends of Coal, Coal Mining Our Future, Hills and Holler Productions, Bone Rush Hunting Apparel, Level Lock Shooting Systems, Montana Decoys, Fox Pro Game Calls, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Rifle Association and Hunters for the Hungry.

Born and raised in Hindman, he graduated Knott County Central High. He is married and the father of two daughters. He is proud to serve with other commission members in helping promote hunting and fishing in Kentucky.

Norman (Joe) Fryman - 8th District 

Norman (Joe) Fryman - 8th District

(859) 749-4663

Eighth District Counties: Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Rowan and Wolfe.

Norman “Joe” Fryman, of Paris, is senior vice-president of Kentucky Bank.

Fryman, an avid hunter and fisherman, was a major tobacco producer until the tobacco buyout. He now raises cattle and hay on his 250-acre Bourbon County farm. He also owns Fryman’s boat dock, which has been owned and operated by the Fryman family since the early 1930s.

He is married to Lana Fryman, Bourbon County School Superintendent. The couple has a son, Ben, and a daughter, Beth.

Christopher Lee Godby - 9th District 

Christopher Lee Godby - 9th District

Ninth District counties: Bell, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Wayne, Whitley.

A Somerset native, Chis Godby is an entrepreneur with strong business values. He is a real estate developer, and owns an extensive rental company, Godby & Godby Properties. He started the Godby & Godby Steam Team with his cousin, Josh Godby in 2009 that specializes in water restoration, carpet, tile and vent cleaning. In 2011, with two other partners, he started Palmetto Properties LLC, which offers rental properties.

Godby grew up in a fish and wildlife family with a great passion for the outdoors. He enjoys deer and elk hunting, fishing, canoeing, camping, small stream fishing, waterfowl and coyote hunting and bow hunting.

He owns and manages a diverse 800-acre farm, Roper Place, in Eastern Pulaski County where he is recognized for wildlife management and forest stewardship. He has a great love for his community, serves as a soccer and football coach in the Pulaski County School System.

Godby is married to the former Jamie Wesley, and they have three children; Chandler, Boone Clay, and Hadlee. They are members of the Science Hill Church of the Nazarene.

Dr. James R. Rich - Commissioner Emeritus 

Dr. James R. Rich - Commissioner Emeritus

Dr. James R. Rich recently received a lifetime appointment as “Commissioner Emeritus” from Gov. Steven Beshear after serving the sportsmen and sportswomen of the Fifth District as their Commission Member for 36 consecutive years. His appointments to the Commission by eight Kentucky governors began in 1976. Through that time he served the Commission as its Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary.

“Doc” will continue to attend meetings in a non-voting capacity, and advise the Commission and its members. He will represent the Commission at special functions and continue to serve as secretary / treasurer and historian.

A graduate of Georgetown College and the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine, Dr. Rich recently retired from his Taylor Mill family medical practice that he opened in November 1955. Dr. Rich is an avid hunter and angler. Some memberships include the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited.

Purpose of the KDFWR Commission Board

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission consist of nine members nominated by the sportsmen and sportswomen, and appointed by the Governor to staggered 4-year terms. Commission members represent one of nine districts. View a map of counties in each district.

The commission shall at all times keep a watchful eye upon the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and advise the commissioner to take such action as may be beneficial to the department and in the interest of wildlife and conservation of natural resources.

The members of the commission shall meet in Frankfort, quarterly, or as often as may be necessary for the transaction of business. These meetings are announced on the department’s homepage under the Quick Links on the left hand side of the page.

The Chairman of the commission will appoint members to each of the following committees to meet approximately one month prior to the full quarterly commission meeting: Administration, Education, & Policy Committee; Fisheries Committee; Wildlife Committee.

Items or issues considered by the committees shall be presented to the full commission for action. Once the commission has approved a change/addition/ amendment to a regulation, the amended regulation shall be submitted to the Legislative Resource Commission for the final consideration/approval process.

Appointment of Commission Members

At least 30 days prior to the expiration of the term of a commission member, the commissioner shall select the time and place for a public meeting to select up to five (5) nominees to submit to the Governor. The location of this meeting should be located within the wildlife district of the member whose term will be expiring.

The sportsmen/women of that wildlife district who are in attendance shall select, through written ballot, up to five (5) nominees who are well informed on the subject of wildlife conservation and restoration. The definition of sportsmen/women is a resident hunter or fisherman who has been licensed in Kentucky for each of the past two (2) consecutive years or is license exempt but has hunted or fished each of the past two (2) consecutive years.

The names of the nominees will be submitted to the Governor, along with a current resume’ for each nominee and the Governor shall appoint from the names submitted.

The commission member shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years subject to confirmation by the Senate, and may be reappointed only once.

For complete details of the statutes and regulations pertaining to the office of commission member, please refer to KRS 150.022; KRS 150:023; and 301 KAR 4:001.

District Commission Members


Terry K. Teitloff
788 Hillcrest Drive
Smithland, KY 42081
Email: teitlofft@vmcmail.com

Counties: Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, McCracken, Marshall, Trigg


C. F. "Frank" Williams
2555 Club Court
Madisonville, KY 42431
270/821-6392, Ext. 205
Email: fwilliams@rjaengineering.com

Counties: Allen, Butler, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Logan, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Simpson, Todd, Union, Warren, Webster.


Stuart N. Ray
12203 Lucas Lane
Louisville, KY 40223
Email: stu@ray4kdfwr.com

Counties: Breckinridge, Bullitt, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer


James R. Angel, M.D.
1698 Old Lebanon Rd., Suite 3B
Campbellsville, KY 42718
Email: jrangel@trhosp.org

Counties: Adair, Barren, Cumberland, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, Larue, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Taylor, Washington


Jimmy Bevins
12545 Georgetown Rd.
Owenton, KY 40359-8905
Email: jimmy.bevins@bevinsgroup.net

Counties: Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Trimble


Stephen M. Glenn
100 Old Hwy 151, Loop 2
Frankfort, KY 40601
Email: sglenn151@aol.com

Counties: Anderson, Boyle, Casey, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Powell, Rockcastle, Scott, Woodford


Voncel Thacker
Box 252
Hindman, KY 41822
Email: v.thacker@tgtel.com

Counties: Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Harlan, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike


Norman "Joe" Fryman
4175 Lexington Rd.
Paris, KY 40361
Email: jfryman@kybank.com

Counties: Bath, Bourbon, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Rowan, Wolfe


Chris Godby
100 Jamie's Way
Somerset, KY 42503
Email: cgodby@windstream.net

Counties: Bell, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Wayne, Whitley


James Rich, M.D.
757 Carol Drive
Taylor Mill, KY 41015
Email: docfish97@gmail.com

Commission Secretary / Treasurer / Historian


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