AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A long time Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staff has been named Deputy Commissioner. Andrea Erskine becomes the first woman in the 130-year history of the department to be given a leadership post.
Erskine is a native of Madison who was one of eight children in a family which enjoyed outdoor activities. She went to work for the state not long after graduating from Madison High School. She transferred to Inland Fisheries in 1984.
Since that time she has risen through the ranks and became IF & W's Legislative Liaison. Commissioner Chandler Woodcock knows Erskine from having served on the Fish and Wildlife Committee when he served in the legislature.
"She is the most responsive person I've ever seen in government," Woodcock told NEWS CENTER. "You ask her for a question and usually, by the end of the day, you have an answer, which for government, is warp speed."
Erskine characterizes herself as a good listener and a collaborative worker. She loves the outdoors and participates as a snowshoer, a paddler and a fisher. She and her husband have two grown sons. The Erksines enjoy a camp on a lake.
She hopes to get the word out about how much good work the department does. She also wants to tear down barriers which prevent women from enjoying the outdoors.