The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announces that Edward F. Poolos has been appointed by Governor Kay Ivey to serve as Deputy Commissioner and Scott Bannon has been promoted to Marine Resources Division Director.
Poolos most recently worked for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) at the Decatur field office. Bannon has been a Conservation Enforcement Officer for 20 years and most recently served as the Marine Resources Division’s Chief Enforcement Officer.
Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship says he looks forward to working with Poolos and Bannon. “Both men are exceptional leaders who have a wealth of experience, and they bring valuable skills to their new positions,” he said.
Poolos is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and is a Certified Public Manager. During his more than 24 years at ADEM, he supervised staff responsible for work related to underground storage tanks, air and water quality, solid waste, industrial and municipal wastewater, stormwater management on construction sites and environmental emergency response.
“I am extremely honored and blessed to have been appointed the Deputy Commissioner of ADCNR. I am grateful for Governor Ivey’s and Commissioner Blankenship’s confidence in me, and I look forward to working with all Alabamians to continue our strong traditions of hunting, fishing and conserving our natural resources for future generations,” he said.
Poolos currently lives in Jasper and looks forward to coming back to the Montgomery area. He is married to Brooke Manasco Poolos and they have three daughters.
Bannon holds an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University. Before working for ADCNR, he served as a police officer and as an active duty member of the U.S. Coast Guard. He is currently a Command Master Chief in the Coast Guard Reserve. Throughout his career, Bannon has conducted training in firearms, water rescues, boat maneuvering and combat skills. He is active in many local, state and regional law enforcement task forces and committees.
“I am excited to be taking on the new role as Director. I get to work with great, hard-working people to manage the valuable marine resources for the citizens of Alabama. My vision for the Division is that both the biological and enforcement sections continue to have creative and progressive ideas to accomplish our missions,” he said.
Bannon and his wife Pamela have two sons and enjoy a menagerie of pets at their home in Mobile.
PHOTOS: Edward Poolos (left) and Scott Bannon