Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission
Our Evolving Commission
Our governing body is referred to as the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission (TFWC).
In 1949, Governor Gordon Browning appointed the historic first group of commissioners to provide governance to what has evolved into today’s Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Since the earliest days of Governor Browning’s first commission picks to the TFWC’s most recent appointments, hundreds of “private citizens” have freely given their time, energy, and intellect to make Tennessee a role model of fish and wildlife management. The goal remains today to parallel wise management of our natural resources with the interests and concerns of sportsmen.
The TFWC commissioners are non-salaried public servants who spend countless hours corresponding with constituents within assigned districts. Nine members of this 13-member voting group receive six-year appointments from our governor, and the state’s General Assembly (House and Senate) appoints four members to four-year terms. In addition to the 13 TFWC members, there are also three ex-officio commissioners that include our governor, our state agriculture commissioner, and our environment & conservation commissioner.
The men and women who serve Tennessee’s sportsmen, wildlife enthusiasts, and boaters, strive to create a combination of management that has positive results for our natural resources and our citizens who have long provided monetary and moral support for wise fisheries and wildlife management. Our TFWC commissioners are the sportsman’s representatives when it comes to fish, wildlife, and state boating issues.
Upcoming Fish & Wildlife Commission Meetings
*Dates Subject To Change
March 24 (Friday), Buffalo Ridge Refuge
April 20-21, Johnson City – Carnegie Hotel
June 22-23, Nashville Region II Ray Bell Bldg
August 24-25, Pickwick State Park
September 21-22, Buffalo Ridge Refuge
October 12-13, Collierville – Marriott Courtyard
December 7-8, Gatlinburg - Margaritaville
January 11-12, Dyersburg - Lannom Center
February 15-16, Nashville Region II Ray Bell Bldg
Friday, March 24th Meeting
District 1: Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Greene, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
P.O. Box 550
Piney Flats, TN 37680
Commissioner Woods resides in the Sullivan County community of Piney Flats. He is the owner and operator of Acorn Electrical Specialist, Inc., and also involved in farming. He enjoys hunting, skeet and trap shooting and fishing.
He is active in several organizations including Coalition for Kids, East Tennessee Youth Outdoors, and Bristol Motor Speedway Children’s Charities. He attended school at Sullivan East High School, Northeast State Community College, and East Tennessee State University.
While serving as a commissioner, Mr. Woods is interested in “The progression of participation in Tennessee outdoor activities, especially youth involvement.”
Mr. Woods enjoys activities with is family which includes his wife, Tammy, and their children Hayden and Haylee.
District 5: Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Davidson, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, and Wilson
2022 Fransworth Drive
Nashville, TN 37205
Mr. Granbery enjoys all aspects of being in the outdoors including hunting, fishing, farming, and spending time with his family in various activities. He serves as Chairman/President of H.G. Hill Company.
He is involved with several organizations including the TWRF (Heritage Club), NWTF, NRA, and AOPA. He also enjoys high school and college sports and following the Nashville Predators. He is a graduate of Hillwood High School and earned his BBA degree from the University of Mississippi.
In his service as a commission, “I look forward to serving the Great State of Tennessee as a TFWC commissioner and to get more kids in the woods and on the water, either hunting, fishing, or boating.”
Mr. Granbery and his wife, Jamie, have two children, son Treanor, and daughter Marion (Adam) Floyd, and two grandchildren, Franklin and Helen.
District 4: (District 4) - Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion,
McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie.
206 Morrison Street
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350
Commissioner Devaney lives in the Hamilton County community of Lookout Mountain, He has a long-standing career in public affairs and communications and is the founding partner of the Poplar Group. He serves on the board of the Children’s Program of Haiti, a non-profit that works to prevent and rehabilitate those suffering from childhood malnutrition.
Commissioner Devaney grew up in Texas and has been a life-long hunter and fisherman. He also enjoys hiking a college football. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Commissioner Devaney and his wife, Heather, are the parents of four adult children. They are members of the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.
District 6: Cheatham, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Maury, Montgomery, Stewart, Wayne, and Williamson.
3870 Albert Matthews Road
Columbia, TN 38401
Commissioner Butt resides in Columbia and serves as an association executive and farmer. He a graduate of Portland High School in Sumner County and Tennessee Tech University and attended National Executive Institute, Nashville Auction School, and Bear Valley School of Biblical Studies.
Commissioner Butt has been involved in several organizations including Portland Rotary, Woodbine Kiwanis, Germantown, Kiwanis, Columbia Breakfast Rotary, Maury County Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, and the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee. He is also on the Advisory Board for KORD Animal/Health Lab at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and a member of the State Technical Advisory Committee.
As a commissioner, he is looking forward to “learning about the operation of the Agency, addressing constituents concerns in the district. Also, focusing on development and management of native species (I.e. (deer, elk, turkey quail).” He is also looking forward to getting to know officers, biologists, and WMA managers in his district. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and training dogs. He and his wife, Sheila, have four sons and 14 grandchildren.
District 7: Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Perry
118 Brady’s Bluff
Paris, TN 38242
Commissioner Belew serves as the Director of Public Safety at his alma mater, The University of Tennessee at Martin. He moved into his role after serving as sheriff in Henry County and also is a former Tennessee Highway Patrol state trooper.
He enjoys deer, duck, and turkey hunting, dog training, and fishing, especially on Kentucky Lake.
“Hoping to be able to give back to something that has given so much to me!” he said. “Hunting, fishing loving every day,” like Luke Bryan. Commissioner Belew is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited. He was appointed to the newly created Asian Carp Advisory Commission. He is also a member of the state board for the Tennessee Suicide Network,
Along with UT Martin, Commissioner Belew is a graduate of Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy, Trooper THP School, and the FBI National Academy #244.
He has two lovely daughters Ashley and Amanda.
73 Doctor Strachn Lane
Bogota, TN 38007
Commissioner Childress resides on his family farm in the Dyer County Community of Bogota. He enjoys waterfowl hunting, dove hunting, turkey, deer hunting, and fishing. Commissioner Childress is involved in several community-related activities. He is a member of the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department, Forked Deer Electric Cooperative Board member, Forked Deer Connect Board member, Dyer County NRCS board member, Tennessee Farm Bureau, and Duck Unlimited.
“Not only am I looking forward to serving the state in this capacity, I am also looking forward to meeting the people of this state and working hard to make the outdoor experiences in Tennessee the best they can be,” he said. He is also looking forward to the wildlife enhance and enforcement side.
Commissioner. Childress graduated from Dyer County High School and attended Dyersburg State Community College. He and his wife, Tracy, have a daughter (Olivia) and a son (Trey).
McGinnis Oil Company
98 Main Street
Collierville, TN 38017-2616
Commissioner Cox is a partner in McGinnis Oil Company, Town Square Partners, and Willwright Properties in Collierville. He previously served on the Commission from 2001-07 and again from 2012-19. He was chairman in 2005. Previously, he was the District 9 representative and will be serving as a statewide appointment.
He is involved in various civic and community services in the Collierville area. He is a member of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation Advisory Board, Collierville Historic District Commission, and Main Street Collierville Merchants Association. Commissioner Cox is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, National Wild Turkey Association, and National Rifle Association.
Commissioner Cox’s hobbies are hunting, fishing, gardening, and four grandchildren. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children; William, Carrington, and Allison.
P. O. Box 58804
Nashville TN 37205
John “Chip” Saltsman was named to serve on the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission in July 2022.
A well-known national political strategist, Commissioner Saltsman has worked primarily in his home state. He has worked as a consultant on several national and state campaigns. He also served as Senior Political Advisor to former Senior Senate Majority Advisor Bill Frist at VOLPAC, a political action committee chaired by the senator. He began his career on Gov. Don Sunquist’s staff and later served as chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party for a time.
“Growing up hunting and fishing in the southeast, I never imagined having the opportunity to serve on the commission,” Commissioner Saltsman said. “I am looking forward to working with the great team at the TWRA to improve and continue the great hunting and fishing tradition for Tennessee.”
Commissioner. Saltsman resides in his hometown of Nashville with Katie and daughter Abigal. He attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s in business administration degrees. He enjoys hunting and fishing.
District 2: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union
151 Kyker Ferry Road
Kodak, TN 37664
Mr. Woods is a self-employed businessman in Kodak, including being involved in excavating, farming, distillery, and the making of sausage. An avid outdoorsman, his hobbies include hunting, fishing, rafting, ATVs, boating, and sporting clays.
He also serves Sevier County as commissioner of the 8th District. He is a member of the Northview Optimist Club and Ducks Unlimited. He attended school in Sevier County at Northview Elementary and later at Sevier County High.
Mr. Woods is looking forward to “First learning all I can about the TWRA other than just knowing game wardens.” He is the father of three daughters; Heather, Haley, and Markenna.
District 9: Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lauderdale, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton
2355 Duntreath Road
Germantown, TN 38139
Dr. Wright serves as a veterinarian in Collierville in Shelby County. He grew up on a farm and basically lives on one today with his family. He enjoys many activities including beekeeping, vegetable gardening, bluebird conservation and nesting, veterinary medicine, and spending time with his family.
He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine.
“Serving an organization such as the TWRA gives me the opportunity to give back to a cause that is dear to me,” Dr. Wright said. “Our objectives are in complete alignment which is to conserve and preserve Tennessee’s wildlife so that current and future generations can enjoy hunting, fishing, and viewing.”
Dr. Wright and wife, Paige, have seven children; Allie, Gardner, Julianne, Carly, John David, Madeline, and Janie.
Dept. of Environment & Conservation
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave.
Nashville, TN 37243
TN Dept. of Agricultural
Ellington Agricultural Center
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Nashville, TN 37243