Interior Remembers Sam Hamilton

Office of the Secretary
2/24/2010


The Interior Department family has suffered a great loss with the passing of Sam Hamilton. On September 1, 2009, Sam D. Hamilton was sworn-in as the 15th Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the nation's principal Federal agency dedicated to the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats. Hamilton brought with him more than 30 years of experience with the Service. Prior to his appointment as Director, he served as Regional Director of the agency's Southeast Region in Atlanta, Georgia. As head of the Southeast Region, made up of ten states and the Caribbean, he provided oversight and management of a $484 million budget and a 1,500-person work-force dedicated to protecting more than 350 federally listed threatened and endangered species and operating 128 national wildlife refuges.

In a video message, Secretary Salazar encouraged all employees to continue the work of Sam Hamilton as a tribute to his memory.