NEW BERN, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2012) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Rick Venable to District 2 captain, where he will manage and supervise enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs. He begins in the role on Feb. 1.
Venable was previously a lieutenant in the district, which covers Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Lenoir, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, Jones, Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties. His predecessor, Capt. Preston Tyndall, retires on Jan. 31.
“I plan on working for all constituents and making their priorities, our priorities,” Capt. Venable said. “Working together with sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts, we can achieve our shared conservation goals.”
Venable and his wife, Donna, live in New Bern with their two children, daughter Allison, 10 years old, and son Brady, 5 years old. A 26-year veteran of wildlife enforcement, Venable’s first duty station was Graham County in the westernmost part of the state. He brings more than 19 years of supervisory experience to the position, including almost 15 years as lieutenant in D-2.
“Capt. Venable knows the coastal and coastal plains region, its resources and its people as well as anyone,” said Maj. Todd Kennedy, supervisor for field operations across the state. “He has my congratulations and full confidence that he and the wildlife officers will continue to meet the high standards set for them.”
There are more than 200 sworn, full-time wildlife officers across the state with arrest authority for state and federal violations. They 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. The public can assist them by reporting wildlife violations to 1-800-662-7137.