Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell
RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 22, 2010) – The New Year will usher in new leadership roles within the Division of Law Enforcement of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Maj. Keith Templeton, supervisor for field operations, will retire effective Jan. 1. His successor will be Jack Staley, previously a captain in District 5, a jurisdiction that includes Alamance, Rockingham, Orange, Granville, Durham, Person, Caswell, Randolph, Chatham, Lee and Guilford counties.
“I'm confident that the transition will be a smooth one,” Templeton said. “I am pleased with the direction that the division is headed and I'm sure there are some exciting times on the horizon.”
Staley will be responsible for supervising a statewide hierarchy of some 200 uniformed wildlife officers who enforce the fish and game regulations and boating laws of the state. He is a 27-year veteran of wildlife enforcement and brings 19 years of field supervision to the office. He holds a business administration degree from Elon University.
“The mission of conservation and public safety carried on by our wildlife officers is critically important,” Staley said. “There are challenges before us, but there are opportunities, too. And there will be a continuation of the firm and fair application of the law, just as there was under Maj. Templeton.”
Sportsmen and the public can assist wildlife officers in their duties by reporting violations anytime by calling 1-800-662-7137.