Alabama Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources
|Alabama Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$142,557,737|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the governor|
|Authority:||Code of Alabama, Section 9-2-5|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by governor|
|Name:||N. Gunter Guy, Jr.|
|Assumed office:||January 21, 2011|
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The current Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources is N. Gunter Guy, Jr., appointed on January 21, 2011 by Governor Robert Bentley. As the commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor, Guy is not subject to periodic reappointment.
Before becoming commissioner, Guy practiced law at the firm of Ball, Ball, Mathews & Novak, P.A. in Montgomery, AL. He received his bachelor's degree from Auburn University and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He has two children with his wife, Patsy Lynn.
Code of Alabama, Section 9-2-5
|The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources shall be headed by and shall be under the direction, supervision and control of an officer who shall be known and designated as the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources.|
The commissioner, before assuming office, must deposit a bond worth no less than $10,000 "conditioned upon the faithful discharge of his duties." He or she must also devote their full time to the office, and may not hold any other government position while serving as commissioner. Additionally, the commissioner may not hold any private position that could present a conflict of interest with their official duties.
Code of Alabama, Section 9-2-5
|Before entering upon the discharge of his duties, the Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources shall take the constitutional oath of office and shall give bond in such penalty as may be fixed by the Governor, but such penalty shall not be less than $10,000.00 conditioned upon the faithful discharge of his duties. The premiums on such bond shall be paid out of the State Treasury. The Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources shall devote full time to his office and shall not hold another office under the government of the United States or under any other state or of this state or any political subdivision thereof during his incumbency in such office, and shall not hold any position of trust or profit or engage in any occupation or business the conduct of which shall interfere or be inconsistent with his duties as Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources under the provisions of this title.|
The commissioner is appointed by the governor and serves at his pleasure.
The commissioner does not face any term limits.
Vacancies are filled "in the same manner as original appointments are made," i.e. by the governor.
State law states the commissioner is "the advisor of the Governor and the Legislature in matters relating to the wildlife and other natural resources," and that he is "responsible to the Governor for the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources," as its chief executive.
Under the leadership of the commissioner, the department is charged with protecting, conserving and increasing the wildlife of the state, as well as surveying and studying it. It also implements policies and recommends laws that "make available or useful the wildlife and other natural resources." One example is the "Forever Wild" program, under which the department purchases land for general recreation, nature preserves, state parks, etc. The department also regulates hunting and fishing activity through licensing, the establishment of seasons, and similar policies. Further, it supervises the state's parks, monuments and historical sites.
In addition to his or her role as custodian of the state's land and wildlife, the commissioner is charged with "[carrying] on a program of education and public enlightenment with respect to the wildlife and other natural resources." He must also make an annual report to the governor concerning his department.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources includes a variety of divisions.
- Marine Police
- Marine Resources
- State Lands
- State Parks
- Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
The budget for the Department of Conservation in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $142,557,737.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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64 N. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 242-3486
- Alabama Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, "N. Gunter Guy Jr. Appointed Alabama Conservation Commissioner," January 21, 2011.
- Code of Alabama, "Section 9-2-5," accessed May 31, 2011.
- Code of Alabama, "Section 9-2-2," accessed May 31, 2011.
- Alabama Government Website "State of Alabama General Fund, 2013 FY Appropriations," Accessed March 29, 2013