Jeff Bishop has been named Law Enforcement Captain of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency District 32 following the recent retirement of former Capt. Joe Busch. TWRA’s District 32 includes the 12 counties of Southeast Tennessee, including Rhea County.
Bishop, previously a lieutenant for the district, has been with TWRA for 27 years. He started his career as a wildlife officer in Hamblen County in 1991 and transferred to Polk County in 2003. He held a sergeant’s position before being promoted to lieutenant in 2012.
As captain, Bishop will be responsible for all wildlife and boating officers in District 32. His role will include partnering with Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) for nuclear drills.
Major C.J. Jaynes said, “Jeff has experience in all aspects of the law enforcement program. His understanding of all facets of law enforcement and the region will provide great leadership in the district and beyond.”
Bishop said, “I am grateful to serve with men and women committed to protecting wildlife. I’m thankful for those that helped me learn and supported my work, including my wife. This career often takes us away from our families during the holidays and weekends. Calls come in late at night and at inopportune times. Melissa, my wife, has been supportive and encouraging throughout my career.”
Bishop, a native of Bradley County, was involved with wildlife restoration early in his career, including turkey and otter.
“I have always enjoyed working with hunters and anglers, teaching hunter education classes and watching different generations come to enjoy the outdoors,” said Bishop. “I look forward to this new role and continuing my career.”
In other wildlife news, Bobby Wilson, executive assistant director for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF).
The RBFF is a nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. whose mission is to increase participation in recreational fishing and boating. RBFF developed the award-winning “Take Me Fishing” campaign.
“Working closely with state agencies is critical in reaching our goals,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Adding Bobby to our Board gives us an edge with his years of experience, expertise and drive to improve the fishing and boating landscape. We are honored to have Bobby join our Board of Directors.”
In his position with the TWRA, Wilson is responsible for the coordination of all field activities for the four TWRA regions and central office programs. He moved into the assistant director’s position in 2015 serving as the Fisheries Division Chief for five years. He began his career with TWRA in 1979 as a part-time fisheries technician. The following year he became lake manager of Lake Graham in Madison County and later became the Fisheries Division assistant chief.
Find out more about jobs with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency here.