The Arizona Senate on Jan. 29, 2013, confirmed Gov. Jan Brewer’s appointment of Edward “Pat” Madden of Flagstaff as the newest member of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

Mr. Madden is an avid outdoors enthusiast and has an extensive law enforcement background. He joined the Arizona Department of Gaming in 1999 and is currently in his 14th year as a special investigator. Earlier, he spent more than three decades working for the Flagstaff Police Department – beginning his career in 1966 as a patrolman and retiring as chief of police in 1999.

Mr. Madden has been an active member of the Flagstaff community and has served on multiple boards and committees, including: Flagstaff Big Brothers; Flagstaff Route 66 Rotary Club; Northern Arizona Fallen Officers Memorial Committee; Flagstaff Leadership; and Citizens Against Substance Abuse.

He also has received numerous awards and commendations for his work and community service. He was recognized as Officer of the Year by the Flagstaff Police Department; received the Outstanding Service Award from Big Brothers Flagstaff; and Rotary International honored him with the Paul Harris Foundation Award.

Mr. Madden graduated from Northern Arizona University with a master’s in Criminal Justice (1978) and bachelor’s in Police Administration (1967). He also is a graduate of the Northwestern Traffic Institute, in Evanston, Ill., (1977), as well as the FBI National Academy, in Quantico, Va. (1979).

“Pat has hunted and fished all over our beautiful state for more than 50 years,” said Gov. Brewer. “I know his love of the Arizona outdoors and expertise in wildlife issues will be a tremendous asset to the Commission and to the long-term health of wildlife in Arizona.”

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is composed of five members (serving staggered five-year terms) appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state senate. The governor is assisted in the appointment process by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board.

No more than one commissioner may be from any one county. No more than three may be from the same political party. The commission is the policy-setting board overseeing the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Since its inception in 1929, this organizational structure has served as a buffer for the best interests of science-driven wildlife conservation during eight decades of back-and-forth political change.

Image courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department

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