on Aug 17, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 5471
Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (Aug. 17, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Norman Watts to captain for District 1, where he will manage and supervise law enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating. He will also coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

Watts was previously a lieutenant in the district, a jurisdiction that includes Hertford, Gates, Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Martin, Washington, Tyrrell, Dare and Hyde counties. His predecessor, Capt. Jay Rivenbark, retired Aug. 1.

“Northeast North Carolina is a special place and I’m proud to call it home,” said Capt. Watts. “I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of this promotion, serving conservation and public safety.

“Not to brag too much, but this region is superb for the outdoors, with the best in nature, hunting, fishing and boating, and I am glad to be a part of it. We work with many passionate sportsmen here. I am honored and humbled to accept this position.”

A 26-year veteran with the Division of Law Enforcement, Watts began his career stationed in Gates County in 1985, and has been in District 1 for his entire career, thus far. He earned an associate degree in liberal arts from the College of the Albemarle and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from N.C. State University. He and his wife Rhonda have two children, Holley and Bryan.

Sportsmen and the public can assist wildlife officers in their duties by reporting violations anytime at 1-800-662-7137. Callers can remain anonymous.