The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) has selected Michael C. "Craig" Hill to be its first Forestry Law Enforcement Chief. Hill will direct and be responsible for coordinating all law enforcement activities of the agency. Law enforcement officers with the Forestry Commission have full police power, investigating and enforcing all laws and regulations pertaining to woods arson, timber theft, theft of timber harvesting equipment, and illegal dumping.
A native of Glencoe in Etowah County, Hill comes to the AFC with over 28 years of law enforcement experience. For the last 21 years he has worked as a conservation officer, investigator, and supervisor with the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, where he has been the Operations Chief for the past six years. Prior to joining Conservation, he worked as a patrol officer and investigator with the Gadsden Police Department.
Hill says he is very excited to be selected for this position and looks forward to working with the employees of the AFC, other law enforcement agencies, volunteer fire departments, and the public in protecting Alabama's natural resources. He would like to raise public awareness about the law enforcement services provided by the AFC, making them readily available to landowners, the timber industry, and the citizens of the state. Hill will assume his new duties at the AFC effective May 1.
According to Allan Andress, Chief of the Enforcement Section at the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, "The Forestry Commission is indeed fortunate to get Craig as Chief of Law Enforcement. Highly experienced and well trained, he is most deserving of the position. Our loss is their gain . . . he has done an excellent job at Conservation and I'm sure he will do a great job for them. We will certainly miss his contributions here, but we wish him the best in this endeavor."
State Forester Linda S. Casey stated, "We are truly pleased to bring Craig Hill on board with the Commission. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him, and I'm sure he will be an asset for this agency and the State of Alabama as our first Forestry Law Enforcement Chief."