May 23, 2018
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DIF&W appoints three to leadership roles

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock on Monday appointed three people to leadership roles within the state agency — deputy commissioner, colonel of the Maine Warden Service, and director of public information and education.

Andrea Erskine of Sidney was named deputy commissioner, Col. Joel Wilkinson was reappointed to serve as chief of the Maine Warden Service and Edie Smith was named director of the DIF&W’s division of information and education.

“The leadership team of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is fortunate to have these dedicated and competent individuals on board,” Woodcock said in a news release. “I’m confident that these three individuals will have a positive impact on our continued efforts to accomplish the mission of preserving, protecting and enhancing Maine’s fish and wildlife resources. I am honored to make these appointments.”

Erskine has been a DIF&W employee for more than 25 years and has spent more than 20 years as the assistant to the commissioner, where she has provided input on policies and procedures, served as regulations and legislative liaison, attended public hearings and work sessions and worked closely with staffers at the governor’s office.

Wilkinson most recently served as acting commissioner of the DIF&W from January until early March, when Woodcock took over. Wilkinson was appointed colonel of the Maine Warden Service in March of 2008.

He began his Maine Warden Service career in 1992 and has worked his way up through the ranks, serving as game warden, investigator, sergeant, captain and acting major. He is a two-time honoree (2006 and 2010) as winner of the William Twarog Award, a DIF&W honor given to the manager of the year for exemplary service in the protection of Maine’s fish and wildlife resources.

In 2006 and 2010, Col. Wilkinson received the William Twarog Award — Manager of the Year, a department honor given for exemplary service in the protection of Maine’s fish and wildlife resources.

Smith is owner and president of Maine Directions, a political and public relations consulting firm. She has worked for 30 years on political campaigns, referendum initiatives and state house advocacy. In 2004 she managed the campaign to defeat a referendum that would have eliminated the hunting of bears in Maine over bait, with hounds or by trapping.

Smith is the sister of former Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine executive director George Smith and served for six years as executive director of the Eaton Peabody Consulting Group.

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