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Monday, July 17, 2017
OHIO: State's Newest NROs Begin Assignments
COLUMBUS, OH - The newest Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) officers were sworn into service today during a ceremony at Deer Creek State Park. Ohio's 23 new natural resources officers will provide service and protection for visitors on Ohio's waterways, state parks, state nature preserves and state forests.

These officers were selected from a pool of more than 700 applicants.

Natural resources officers have peacekeeping and enforcement responsibilities on lands and waters owned or administered by ODNR. Officers enforce Ohio's boating laws, investigate allegations, protect state property and make arrests. Officers also conduct educational programs and serve as important contacts for visitors. Natural resources officers may also render community assistance to state and local law enforcement in the event of an emergency.

Following completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course, officers completed an additional four weeks of specialized training related to ODNR operations. In addition to law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of ATV use, communications, vessel operation, advanced firearms and self-defense.

The new officers will continue their training by working closely with experienced officers in their assignment areas for the next several months.

The 23 new natural resource officers and their assignments:

  • Mitchell Bissler, Wingfoot Lake State Park
  • Timothy Black, Maumee Bay State Park
  • Timothy Boyd, Salt Fork State Park
  • James Cadwallader, Salt Fork State Park
  • Michael Carroll, East Harbor State Park
  • Nicholas Cates, Punderson State Park
  • Richard Clemons, Deer Creek State Park
  • Seth Collingwood, Indian Lake State Park
  • Danielle Cook, Buckeye Lake State Park
  • Christopher Dice, Hueston Woods State Park
  • Heidi Edwards, Buck Creek State Park
  • Michael Frank, Cleveland Maritime Office
  • Evan Huegel, Mohican State Park
  • Edward Kellem, East Harbor State Park
  • Christopher King, Buck Creek State Park
  • Chad Kozan, East Harbor State Park
  • Jeremy Lane, East Fork State Park
  • Chad Nicholson, Hocking Hills State Park
  • Zachary Riley, Salt Fork State Park
  • Tylor Stimmel, Hocking Hills State Park
  • Joseph Svidron, West Branch State Park
  • Raymond Watson, South Bass Island State Park
  • Hallie Yanko, Maumee Bay State Park

Visit for information on how to become a natural resources officer as well as information about Ohio State Parks.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

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For more information, contact:
Carey Santiana, ODNR Office of Communications

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