Office of the Executive Director

Eric Sutton, Executive Director
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

The Office of the Executive Director provides coordination, oversight and support for FWC operations. It provides policy guidance, fosters accountability and promotes continual improvement among the agency’s divisions and offices. The office coordinates and supports strong engagement of commissioners and facilitates effective interaction with agency customers, stakeholders, the Florida Legislature, federal and state agencies and FWC staff to address important conservation issues. Further responsibilities include maintaining facilities and infrastructure and leading efforts to strategically focus agency staff and resources on conservation priorities. OED staff work closely with the agency’s Senior Leadership Team to ensure effective integration of agency activities and programs across all divisions and offices.

Finance and Budget Office

Jodi Bailey, Chief Operating Officer
2590 Executive Center Drive, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32301

The Finance and Budget Office is responsible for providing oversight for the Commission’s administrative functions such as disbursements, financial management, procurement, leasing and property. The office has two sections: Accounting and General Services; and the Improvement and Planning Unit, which is responsible for assisting the agency with facilitation, process improvement and strategic initiatives.

Legal Office

Harold "Bud" Vielhauer, General Counsel
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

In-house attorneys provide legal services for the FWC or coordinate through the Attorney General’s Office or the Florida Division of Risk Management. The Legal Office represents the FWC in litigation, prepares legal opinions, develops and reviews contracts and other legal instruments, drafts and reviews legislation and rules, and provides general legal counsel relating to FWC operations. The general counsel is a liaison between the FWC and stakeholders, partners and federal, state and local agencies.

Legislative Affairs Office

Jessica Crawford, Director
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

The Legislative Affairs Office develops and coordinates state and federal legislative activities for the FWC. This office works with the Legislature as it considers the agency’s legislative proposals, and provides necessary information to the Florida Legislature and the U.S. Congress about other legislation under consideration that might affect Florida’s fish and wildlife resources. The Legislative Affairs Office, in conjunction with the FWC’s Chief Financial Officer, also works with the Legislature as it develops the agency’s budget.

Office of Human Resources

Cindy Hoffman, Director
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

The Office of Human Resources provides services and support to all FWC employees. This office advises agency personnel on employment law and state personnel rules and assists managers with recruitment and selection, attendance and leave, discipline, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, classification and pay, retirement, state insurance benefits, and collective bargaining. Human Resources also coordinates training and develops diversity programs for the agency.

Office of Information Technology

Ignacio Sanchez, Director
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

This office supports the FWC’s program areas by managing an automated information-processing environment that is reliable, secure, cost-effective and responsive. The Office of Information Technology program resources are employed to educate Commission personnel in the use and application of information technology to accomplish the objectives and operations of the Commission. These objectives include an increase of internal and external customer confidence and satisfaction by increasing accessibility of information. OIT activities and resources provide for the processing, storage and retrieval of data, system development and maintenance, statewide computer network management, information security administration, and general information-consulting services supporting the FWC.

Office of Inspector General

Mike Troelstrup, Inspector General
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

As mandated by state law, this office is responsible for coordinating activities that promote accountability, integrity and efficiency in government and serves as the FWC’s ombudsman. The Office of Inspector General conducts performance and compliance audits of agency programs and investigates allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement and employee misconduct. These complaints may include whistle-blower, criminal wrongdoing and administrative investigations.

Office of Strategic Initiatives

Doc Kokol, Director
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

The Office of Strategic Initiatives works closely with division, regional and office directors to identify and coordinate programs with boundary-spanning implications that will benefit the FWC. OSI houses the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, which coordinates youth conservation programming in the FWC. This programming oversees a statewide network of sustainable places where youth and their families can participate in outdoor activities which inspires lifelong support of fish and wildlife conservation.

OSI also leads FWC’s coordination with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Gulf restoration activities in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These restoration projects derive from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process, and the RESTORE Act. OSI staff also provide technical assistance to other Gulf decision-makers and stakeholders.

In addition, OSI coordinates the agency’s efforts on Everglades restoration. By working across divisions, this coordinated effort ensures that the FWC is strategically positioned to support restoration of the South Florida ecosystem.

Offices of Regional Operations

Five regional FWC offices coordinate and integrate agency programs at the local level to ensure the FWC’s mission, policies and services are consistent across the state. These offices maintain effective and inclusive internal and external communications. Each regional director provides an access point to FWC leadership on a local level, serving as liaisons between the FWC andfederal, state and local government officials within each specific region.

Stephen Shea, Regional Director
Northwest Region

3911 Highway 2321
Panama City, FL 32409-1658
Chris Wynn, Regional Director
North Central Region

3377 E. U.S. Highway 90 
Lake City, FL 32055-8795
Shannon Wright, Regional Director
Northeast Region

1239 S.W. 10th Street
Ocala, FL 34471-0323
Thomas Graef, Regional Director
Southwest Region

3900 Drane Field Road
Lakeland, FL 33811-1299
Thomas Reinert, Regional Director
South Region

8535 Northlake Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33412

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