New AZGFD Commissioner Confirmed – Eric Sparks

from AZGFD – Feb, 2, 2016

PHOENIX — The Arizona State Senate has confirmed Governor Doug Ducey’s appointment of Eric Slocum Sparks as the newest member to serve on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

Mr. Sparks has been an international advocate for sustainable wildlife and habitat management and has contributed extensively to conservation and resource projects, boards and committees, including Water for Wildlife Foundation and Safari Club International. He also has served as legal committee vice chairman of Safari Club International (1999-2009), the Safari Club International Museum, and on the boards of directors of Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson (1994-1999), Golden Eagle Firearms Corporation, and the Water for Wildlife Foundation (1987-1997), among others. His enthusiasm for year-round outdoors activities is shared by his friends and family.

Mr. Sparks has been a practicing attorney in Tucson since 1987, specializing in debtor bankruptcy law and business reorganizations. Before opening his own firm in 1990, he served as general counsel to several corporations, such as the Wilson Companies, GHR Energy Corporation, Bayou Asphalt Corp., and corporate counsel to Tenneco Inc. in Houston.

Mr. Sparks is a member of the Pima County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Bar Association. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his community service, including a Special Recognition from the State Bar of Arizona and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for pro bono services in consumer cases (2008), and was named Pima County Bar Association’s Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney (2005). A popular public speaker, Mr. Sparks has taught classes and made presentations on various aspects of the legal profession.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Sparks earned his Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School, ranking eighth in his class. He also received a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Business School in Government Policy and Management.

Mr. Sparks’ appointment to the Game and Fish Commission was confirmed by the Arizona Senate on Jan. 26. His appointment is for a five-year term.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is the policy-setting board overseeing the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It is composed of five members (serving staggered five-year terms) appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. No more than one commissioner may be from any one county. No more than three may be from the same political party. 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.

For more information on the commission, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission.