A change in leadership of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission came at the end of June with a veteran retiring and new leader stepping forward.
In a notice from the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, Martin Gary will succeed A.C. Carpenter after 30 years of service as the new commission executive secretary located in the Town of Colonial Beach.
“It actually feels great. The staff here at the office is wonderful, very welcoming and made me feel at home,” Gary said. “For somebody that has been in another place for 27 years and not really knowing anybody, it’s been a good experience.”
Gary began his tenure on July 1 coming from the other side of the Potomac River with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources office with over 27 years of experience in fisheries management as a fisheries biologist.
Carpenter stated, “It has been nothing but a pleasure to serve the Commission,” in his final remarks as the former executive secretary.
Led by chairman Dennis Fleming, the Commission went on to state the following: “Mr. Carpenter has served admirably in his capacity as Executive Secretary and led the commission in many successful efforts regarding resource allocation and conservation.”
The new executive secretary said in accordance with the Commission’s charter, he plans to continue with making the waterways a priority.
“That initial part of the charter lays it out pretty significantly and that is to conserve and enhance the fishery resources of the Potomac River,” Gary said. “It’s at the top of the charter and top of the mission.”