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Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Appointments: Eric Schwaab, Alphonso Hawkins

Eric Schwaab, Deputy Secretary
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Schwaab as DNR’s new Deputy Secretary.

Many of you know Eric, a former member of the DNR team who may well have achieved a record for most jobs held within one agency. He began his career in natural resources as an NRP law enforcement officer in 1983. Eric would go on to hold three other positions – as Park Ranger, Manager of Deep Creek Lake and Chief of Resource Management for the Forest and Park Service – before becoming a key member of DNR’s leadership team. From 1992 to 2003 Eric served, in succession, as Director of the Forest Service, Director of Forest, Wildlife and Heritage, and Director of the Fisheries Service. Since leaving DNR in 2003, Eric has served as Resource Director for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

We are incredibly fortunate to have someone with Eric’s outstanding leadership skills, unique vision, and diverse experience in development and implementation of conservation policy and programs returning to our ranks. Eric will play a pivotal role on our executive team, and I am thrilled that he has agreed to return to help us face the challenges – and meet the opportunities – that lie ahead. Please join me in welcoming Eric, who will be transitioning into his new position over the next few weeks.

Alphonso Hawkins, Deputy Superintendent, NRP
I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Lt. Colonel Alphonso “Hawk” Hawkins as Deputy Superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, effective Monday, February 5.

Another DNR veteran, Hawk moves to the NRP from the Maryland Park Service, where he has served for the past nine years, seven as an assistant superintendent. Prior to joining the Park Service, Hawk spent 21 years as a member of the Prince George’s County Police Department, achieving the rank of Deputy Chief.

Hawk has an exceptional reputation among members of the law enforcement community as well as among our own staff. He and Superintendent George Johnson form an impressive team to lead DNR’s LEO operations into the future. Please join me in congratulating Hawk on this move.

In closing, I would like to thank Colonel Rick Barton for serving as Interim Secretary over the past several weeks. His assistance has been invaluable to me and to the department during my transition.


February 7, 2007