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Brown leaves mark on AGFC

When former Gov. Mike Beebe announced his new appointment to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission seven years ago, Fred Brown of Corning seemed an odd fit.

He was a mismatch, but he was the man that Beebe needed to reorient a commission that had lost its way.

Bad news spewed from the agency like lava from a volcano and embarrassed Beebe with maddening regularity. Two wildlife officers were caught hunting out of state without hunting licenses. Two others hunted with firearms that had been confiscated from violators as evidence. The agency had overstocked its vehicle fleet, and an abnormally large number of salaried employees were furnished cars for personal use.

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