RALEIGH, NC Jan. 17, 2013 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission welcomed Richard Edwards as a wildlife commissioner at large during its business meeting today.
The 35-year-old Wilmington resident joins 18 other wildlife commissioners on the board that establishes policy and regulations governing conservation of fish and wildlife resources and hunting, fishing and boating activities in North Carolina. Members serve until reappointed or replaced. Appointments are made by the Governor, the Speaker of the State House and the President Pro-Tem of the State Senate.
Edwards was appointed to the post by Gov. Beverly Perdue, with a term expiring June 30, 2013. He replaces Steve Windham, who resigned from the board in November to devote more time to family and business. The oath of office was administered by Bill Rabon, state senator for Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.
“It is truly humbling and a huge honor to be part of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission,” Edwards said. “I look forward to serving the people and protecting the future of our wildlife, and assisting youth sportsmen across the state.”
Edwards is an enthusiastic conservationist who enjoys big game hunting, along with inland and offshore fishing. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and supports the Boy Scouts of America. He is married to Jessica Riffle Edwards and they have a daughter, Maggie Jean Edwards, 17 months old. A graduate of Greensboro College, Edwards is a field sales consultant for a distributor of healthcare products and services.