Columbia -- The S.C. Department of Natural Resources picked agency law-enforcement chief Alvin Taylor to replace John Frampton as the department's director Thursday.
Taylor, a 35-year DNR employee and a Charleston County resident, is well-known among outdoorsmen.
He started with DNR in 1977 investigating boating accidents in the Charleston area and has been the agency's longtime voice on boating safety and education in the Lowcountry's waters.
Taylor lives on Yonge's Island, is married and has two children. He intends to live in Columbia during the week.
He takes charge March 17, the day after Frampton's retirement becomes effective. Taylor said he was approached in the past week by board members to gauge his interest in the job. The job was not advertised but legally did not need to be, officials said. "I am looking forward to this," Taylor said.
Taylor, the first DNR director since 1959 to come from a law-enforcement background, told The State he plans no wholesale changes. Taylor said he sees protecting wildlife habitat -- a DNR priority for years -- as a major agency initiative.
DNR regulates hunting and fishing, protects and manages land, conducts marine research and studies climate.
A 1976 Clemson University graduate, Taylor has been the DNR law- enforcement chief since 2004.
The DNR director does not need confirmation from the state Senate to take office.