Photo courtesy of Flickr

WYOMING — Craig Smith will assume the position of deputy chief of the Wildlife Division with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department beginning Oct. 1, a promotion from his current position as Sheridan Region wildlife supervisor. 

Smith will take over for Scott Edberg who is departing after 31 years of service.

“I wanted to be a game warden my whole life, but as my career progressed, I saw there were more opportunities to assist others at a different level,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to influencing the future of wildlife management in Wyoming and mentoring new employees.”

Smith is an established leader in Game and Fish and brings decades of experience to the deputy chief position. Smith began his career with Game and Fish in 1998 working in Sheridan and then Lander as a wildlife technician. Upon graduating from the law enforcement academy, he worked in wildlife-division roles in Green River, Cody, Alpine and Glendo before working as a game warden trainee in Cheyenne in 2001. Smith then moved to Wheatland in 2002 where he was the warden for 10 years. In 2012, Smith transferred to the South Cody warden position and was then promoted to Sheridan Region wildlife supervisor in 2016.   

“Craig Smith has worked across Wyoming. His experience and practical leadership style will serve Wyoming well,” said Rick King, chief of the Wildlife Division.

Smith will be based out of the Sheridan Regional office.

Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.