SC: Col. Alvin Taylor named new DNR director

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources Board named Col. Alvin
Taylor as permanent director of the agency during the regular Board
meeting on Jan. 26 in Columbia. Taylor replaces John Frampton, who
is retiring in March.

Taylor of Yonges Island in Charleston County, replaced Col. J.
Alvin Wright as deputy director of the S.C. Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division in 2004.

A 1976 graduate of Clemson University, Taylor completed training
at the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Training Center in
Yorktown, Va., in 1976 and graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice
Academy in 1977. In 1977, Taylor joined the state Wildlife and
Marine Resources Department, predecessor of the DNR, as a private
first class, teaching boating education classes and investigating
recreational boating accidents statewide.

He has served as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major,
supervising the DNR boating safety and hunter education programs,
various law enforcement regions of the state and the agency’s
coastal marine law enforcement operations.

In addition to his supervisory duties, Taylor has been an active
member of the National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators, serving as South Carolina’s State Boating Law
Administrator and as National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators’ president in 2003. He instituted the Joint
Enforcement Agreement between DNR and the National Marine Fisheries
Service. His proposed Joint Enforcement Agreement presentation to
the Senate Commerce Committee of the U.S. Congress led to funding
for the program in 1998. Working with the U.S. Coast Guard, Taylor
has been heavily involved in port security along South Carolina’s
coast and coordinated state security for the raising of the H.L.
Hunley in Charleston.

Taylor is a certified SCUBA diver and for several years
supervised the DNR Aquatic Investigations and Recovery Unit dive
team. He is also past president of the S.C. Wildlife Law
Enforcement Officers Association.

Among his many honors and awards, Taylor received the Carroll A.
Campbell, Jr., Leadership Award. He also received a Meritorious
Public Service Commendation from the Department of Homeland
Security in 2004, Patriotic Employer Award from the National
Committee for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve in
2003, and the DNR Meritorious Service Award in 1997.

Taylor was born in Mullins. He and his wife, Marian, have two
children: a son, Lee, and a daughter, Wyatt. Taylor and his family
reside in Yonges Island.

 

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