Pennsylvania Game Commission names new deputy executive director

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has a new deputy executive director of administration.

Thomas P. Grohol, who most recently served as director of the Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Protection, officially has started in the position.

Grohol replaces Bryan Burhans, who took over as the Game Commission’s executive director March 27, following the retirement of former executive director R. Matthew Hough.

Prior to serving as bureau director, Grohol served as director of the Game Commission’s Southeast Region.

As deputy executive director of administration, Grohol assists in planning, directing, executing and coordinating all activities of Pennsylvania’s wildlife-management program, and directly supervises Game Commission bureau directors and other staff.

Grohol began his career with the Game Commission in 1980, when he began serving as a deputy wildlife conservation officer in southern Luzerne County. He was accepted in 1993 into the agency’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation’s 22nd class. Upon graduation, he was assigned to northwestern Lancaster County.

While a field officer, Grohol served as a defensive tactics instructor, verbal communications skills instructor and firearms instructor. He also served as resident instructor at the Ross Leffler School of Conservation for the 24th, 25th and 26th classes.

Grohol in 2001 was promoted to chief of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection’s Administrative Division. In 2007, he became assistant director of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection, where he supervised the Special Operations Division. He became Southeast Region director in 2013, and returned to the Harrisburg headquarters to take over as Bureau of Wildlife Protection director in 2014.

A native of Elizabeth, N.J., Grohol grew up in Hazleton, where he served as a police officer for the Hazleton Police Department from 1986 to 1993. He earned an associate degree in forestry from Williamsport Area Community College and received his Act 120 Municipal Police Officer Certification from the Pennsylvania State Police Training Center.

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