The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is pleased to announce that Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Assistant Director Fred Harders has been named 2016 Division Employee of the Year. Harders was also named Employee of the Year Runner-up for the State of Alabama by the State Personnel Department.

Harders began his 40-year career with ADCNR as a fisheries biologist at the Eastaboga Fish Hatchery. After several different supervisory positions, including Fisheries Section Chief, he was promoted to Assistant Director in March 2000.

Division Director Charles Sykes praises Harders on his ability to oversee large projects and manage day-to-day issues with a calming nature. “Fred always makes time to talk with concerned or confused citizens who need his expertise. He is able to provide information quickly to legislators and others we work with as well. Fred is always smiling, always positive and always helpful,” Sykes said. “His knowledge of the Division’s inner workings is irreplaceable and that has enabled the Division to function smoothly,” he added.