Tony Sanders Appointed as TN Fish & Wildlife Commissioner by Governor Bill Haslam

19 May

Outdoor conservative enthusiast to serve four-year term 

Tony Sanders with a healthy crappie he caught while fishing with Richard Simms. (Photo by Richard Simms)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (May 16, 2017) – Chattanooga outdoor enthusiast, accountant and former Hamilton County GOP Chairman Tony Sanders has been appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve as a Commissioner of the TN Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) of the state’s southeast District 4.

“I’m honored that Governor Haslam has appointed me to represent all the folks who enjoy the outdoors of this area. I’ve hunted and fished so many of our region’s incredible lands and lakes,” noted Sanders host of the WGOW program, Tony Sanders Outdoors, in its tenth year. “I look forward to any work with TFWC to promote and preserve our area and its resources.”

Sanders’ passion of the outdoors and sporting life made him a logical and ideal choice for the 13-member panel charged with the mission “to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors,” according to the Agency’s website.

The appointment was effective May 11 with the term of service through February 28, 2021 to one of Tennessee’s few agencies largely sustained, not with tax dollars, but with revenue generated from licenses and permits obtained by anglers, hunters and others who enjoy Tennessee outdoors.

“I’ll go to work immediately at my first meeting on May 23rd. The value of Tennessee’s sporting industry to our state is not only a blessing to each citizen who enjoys our rich surroundings, but to tourists and businesses that drive our growing economy. In Tennessee, the outdoors creates jobs,” concluded Sanders whose profession is as a Certified Public Accountant working in the insurance industry.

TFWC’s District 4 is a 10-county region that includes Hamilton, Bradley, Polk, Meigs, Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, McMinn and Monroe Counties, which feature the Tennessee, Hiwassee, Ocoee, Tellico and Sequatchie Rivers, several state parks and numerous public lands used for recreation and hunting.

“The diverse region we enjoy in southeast Tennessee is a treasure for those who live, work and play here. It’s also a deep well for our economy. My priority will be to protect this resource for both our enjoyment and use in the sporting world,” stated Sanders.

Tony Sanders and his wife Kinah live in Soddy Daisy and have two grown children and one grandchild. Tony’s activities include membership as an NRA Life Benefactor Member, State Executive Committee of Tennessee Friends of NRA, Tennessee Valley Chapter of Safari Club International, founding officer of the Tri-State Quail Forever chapter, and a member of National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pheasants Forever and Chattanooga’s Highland Sportsman’s Club. Tony also enjoys professional membership in the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) and the Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association (TOWA).