Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2010) – Dale Caveny, a 25-year veteran wildlife enforcement officer, has been promoted to the top wildlife enforcement post in North Carolina.
Beginning today as colonel, Caveny now leads the Division of Law Enforcement of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. He will direct 200 wildlife officers who enforce hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation laws, and boating regulations; offer hunter and boater safety courses; and investigate hunting and boating accidents.
“I consider wildlife officers to be some of the most professional and dedicated of all law enforcement officers,” said Caveny. “It is a great honor to continue serving in this new role with those men and women. The strength of the division is sound, the resolve of its officers is unwavering and we will continue to diligently manage and protect the resources and ensure public safety.”
The post was held by Kenneth Everhart, who recently retired as colonel after a 28-year career with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
A native of Kings Mountain, N.C., Caveny graduated from Kings Mountain High School and received an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Isothermal Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Western Carolina University.
“The work of wildlife enforcement officers is critical not only for conserving the abundance and diversity of North Carolina’s wildlife resources, but also for public safety, opportunity and access, and education,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
“Colonel Caveny will focus on leading the Division of Law Enforcement in implementing the agency’s strategic plan while continuing the traditions of excellence and integrity that are hallmarks of our wildlife law enforcement programs.”