on Nov 02, 2011 10:48 AM • Views 5624

Maj. Todd Kennedy

Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell, Public Information Officer

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 2, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Todd Kennedy to the rank of major, with responsibilities for field operations within the Division of Law Enforcement.

Kennedy will supervise a statewide hierarchy of some 200 wildlife officers, who enforce fish and game regulations and boating laws. He was previously the captain and a lieutenant in District 5, a jurisdiction that includes Alamance, Rockingham, Orange, Granville, Durham, Person, Caswell, Randolph, Chatham, Lee and Guilford counties. He had been stationed in District 5 for the past 16 years.

“I look forward to this service and the challenge of the job,” said Maj. Kennedy. “The men and women wearing the uniform are important for conservation and public safety, through education and enforcement. I value being a part of the tradition of being a wildlife officer in North Carolina.”

A 22-year veteran with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Kennedy is a law enforcement firearms and tactical instructor. A Burlington, N.C. native, he began his career in Moore County in 1990.

His predecessor, Jack Staley, retired Nov. 1, after 30 years of service.

“Wildlife officers are most often ‘the face’ of this agency to the public, and they do a tremendous job in a variety of situations, sometimes tough,” Staley said. “I am proud of them. And I can say enjoyed my time in the field, and got to be a part of some important moments at headquarters. I can reflect back on a great career.”

Wildlife officers enforce hunting, trapping and inland fishing regulations and boating laws to protect the resources of the state and the safety of its citizens and can arrest for any criminal offense committed in their presence. Their authority is granted by N.C.G.S. §113-136. Sportsmen and the public can assist wildlife officers in their duties by reporting violations anytime by calling 1-800-662-7137.

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