For Immediate Release
June 29, 2012
ODNR Welcomes New State Wildlife Officers for 2012
Eleven counties will receive a new state wildlife officer
COLUMBUS – Eleven new state wildlife officers for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) were sworn in at a ceremony at the District One Wildlife Office in Columbus today. The 11 state wildlife officers were hired from a pool of more than 650 applicants.
Wildlife officers have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property and make arrests. They conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife. Wildlife officers also serve an important role as a point of contact with law enforcement and other agencies on topics of mutual interest, providing assistance and expertise.
Following their completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course on May 4, the officers completed eight weeks of intense specialized training by the Division of Wildlife. In addition to wildlife law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of wildlife and fish management, communications, ATV and watercraft operation, hunter safety and advanced firearms and self-defense topics.
The new officers will continue training by working with experienced officers in their area of assignment for the next six months.
The 11 new Ohio wildlife officer and their assignments are listed below:
Jeffrey Berry, 44, Zanesville, state wildlife officer assigned to Muskingum County;
Aaron Brown, 31, Wellington, state wildlife officer assigned to Summit County;
Joshua Elster, 30, Williamsport, state wildlife officer assigned to Pickaway County;
Jesse Janosik, 21, Warren, state wildlife officer assigned to Cuyahoga County;
Augustus Kiebel, 23, Alexandria, state wildlife officer assigned to Clermont County;
Justus Nethero, 22, Dublin, state wildlife officer assigned to Delaware County;
Craig Porter II, 23, Cadiz, state wildlife officer assigned to Jefferson County;
Markus Schemmel II, 22, Saint Marys, state wildlife officer assigned to Adams County;
Ryan Schock, 24, Beavercreek, state wildlife officer assigned to Hamilton County;
Vincent Untied, 23, Granville, state wildlife officer assigned to Morrow County; and
Eric VonAlmen, 26, Columbus Grove, state wildlife officer assigned to Lucas County.
For more information on how to become a state wildlife officer or about Division of Wildlife programs, wildlife areas and district office locations, go to www.wildohio.com
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For more information, contact:
Jim Quinlivan, ODNR Division of Wildlife
Bethany McCorkle, ODNR Office of Communications
Photo Cutline: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife had 11 new state wildlife officers sworn in on Friday at the District One Wildlife Office in Columbus. These 11 cadets were selected after 650 people applied for these positions. Pictured are: front row (left to right): Assistant Chief of Wildlife David Lane, Jim Quinlivan, Wildlife training officer; Eric VonAlmen, Craig Porter II, Justus Nethero, Aaron Brown and ODNR Director James Zehringer. Back Row (left to right): Jesse Janosik, Markus Schemmel II, Augustus Kiebel, Vincent Untied, Joshua Elster, Ryan Schock, Jeffrey Berry and Assistant Chief of Wildlife Tom Rowan.