on Nov 06, 2012 07:10 AM • Views 4065

Col. Dale Caveny, left, congratulates Michael Hatley on his promotion to captain.

Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Michael Hatley to captain for District 8, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs.

Capt. Hatley will supervise 23 wildlife enforcement officers and one hunter education specialist in a jurisdiction made up of Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey and Rutherford counties. A 22-year veteran with the Wildlife Commission, Capt. Hatley was previously a lieutenant in the district. He succeeds Ted Brothers, who recently retired.

“I grew up hunting and fishing with my dad and granddad, so I know the importance of conservation,” Hatley said. “Along with fellow wildlife officers, I will work for conservation in this region and promote the lawful use of resources. And I will continue to promote safety to our constituents who enjoy outdoor recreational activities like hunting, fishing and boating.”

Born in Onslow County, Hatley is the son of Mary-Louise and James Hatley. He is a graduate of East Burke High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from N.C. State University.

Hatley lives in Valdese with his wife, Annette, and their two daughters, Helena Louise, 7, and Speed Kara, 6.

“Capt. Hatley is a proven leader in the western region and he has my confidence and support in his new position,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of law enforcement for the Commission. “His sense of public service and knowledge of those local communities will be of great benefit to all of us.”

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