Gov. Mike Beebe on Friday (Feb. 15) named Ty Patterson of Texarkana as the newest commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Patterson will serve the remaining 16 months of a term vacated by the resignation of Rick Watkins.
"Ty has a lifetime of outdoor experience, particularly in Southwest Arkansas," Beebe said in a statement. "His enthusiasm and experience will serve him well as he represents that region of our State on the commission."
Patterson, 35, is a partner in the Orr/Patterson Automotive Group in Texarkana. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Patterson grew up hunting and fishing in Southwest Arkansas. He is particularly fond of duck hunting and spring turkey hunting.
Along with current memberships in Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation, Patterson is a board member of the First Tee of Texarkana and volunteers on committees for Opportunities, Inc.
Patterson's term will expire July 1, 2014.