Liz McCormick Published

Gov. Tomblin Appoints New Managers in Parks and DNR


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin named new heads for two sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Sam England will be the new chief of the Parks and Recreation section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and Jerry Jenkins is the chief of the Law Enforcement section.

A news release from the Governor’s office says each has more than 30 years of public service. Commerce Secretary, Keith Burdette thinks that both men have the talent, skills, and motivation to move the Division of Natural Resources to the next level.

England has a wildlife biology degree and has worked in various parks around the state including North Bend and Stonewall Jackson. Jenkins has a forestry degree and has served as a natural resources police officer.

England and Jenkins fill the positions left by the recent retirements of State Parks Chief Ken Caplinger and Col. David Murphy.

Jenkins was sworn in yesterday, and England will assume his post Friday, July 25th.