Kirk Hines is the chief of the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Hines, a professional engineer, oversees efforts to assists Ohio's 88 SWCDs with technical and administrative oversight in implementing soil and water conservation and agricultural pollution abatement programs.
Hines was selected as chief of the new division in December 2015 when the soil and water program moved from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to ODA. He began his tenure with ODNR's Division of Soil and Water Resources as a field engineer in Chillicothe in April 2000. He was promoted and transferred to Columbus as the division's engineering administrator in October of 2001. In 2014, Hines was named deputy chief of the division, a post he served until his recent appointment. Prior to his service in state government, he started his career at the Fairfield County SWCD.
Hines graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in engineering. He helps his father and brother with a 1,050 acre family grain cropping and beef cattle farm in Fairfield County. He resides on the farm with his wife, Shelly, twin daughters, Kaitlyn and Kassidy, and son, Kaden.