Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has promoted Troy Phillips, a conservation police officer serving Pulaski County, to the rank of senior officer.
A native of Radford, Phillips always loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He graduated from Radford High School in 1987 and received two degrees from New River Community College by 1991.
In July of 1997, Phillips was hired by VDGIF as a game warden assigned to Buchanan County. While there, he was credited with starting the first Wildlife Crime Watch program and also was instrumental in having a handicap fishing platform built on the Dismal River trout stream.
Phillips transferred to Bland County in 2001, where he spent seven years. While there, he developed a trout fishing program for fourth grade students, which included a trip to a local trout stream once a year.
Phillips transferred home to Pulaski County in 2008 and since that time has developed the highly successful Pulaski County Kids Fishing day, which just celebrated its fourth year. He also developed the Wounded Warrior fishing day on Claytor Lake for wounded veterans of the New River Valley.