Jason Maxedon Named New Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Jason Maxedon was named executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), the department announced Thursday in a press release. As executive director, Maxedon has exclusive supervisory control of the agency and is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating its activities. The commission serves as the governing body of the TWRA, the department notes.

Maxedon’s appointment was made Wednesday following interviews and a unanimous vote of 11 members of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission in attendance at the TWRA’s headquarters.

“I believe the strong relationships I’ve built with the Commission, staff, and stakeholders over the past 22 years have prepared me to lead this Agency,” Jason Maxedon said in a statement following his appointment. “It’s no secret the past few years have been challenging, but I’ve already taken steps as interim director to move this Agency in a more positive direction. Now that I have been appointed to the position, I will continue to do the work needed to improve our customer service, drive innovative wildlife and conservation research, and to ensure the public has access to high quality outdoor recreation opportunities.”

Maxedon had been serving as TWRA’s interim executive director since former executive director Bobby Wilson announced his upcoming retirement on April 29th. Director Wilson will continue to serve in an advisory role until his retirement becomes effective September 1st, according to an earlier press release by TWRA.

Maxedon served in the deputy executive position where he was responsible for the coordination of all field activities for the four TWRA regions and central office programs, according to the department. Prior to becoming deputy executive director in June 2020, Maxedon was the TWRA Region I Wildlife Program Manager in West Tennessee. He directed wildlife management operations in 25 counties, 47 wildlife management areas and refuges totaling close to 300,000 acres. In addition, as noted by TWRA, he directed field activities and personnel management in the areas of wildlife and law enforcement.

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.



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