Conservation officer changes announced

From local sources

Indiana conservation officers in the 10 counties that comprise the southwest corner of the state have announced the appointment of a new supervisor and some new field officers.

The changes — in response to recent retirements and county openings — are in District 7, which covers Dubois, Spencer, Pike, Daviess, Gibson, Martin, Perry, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.

The first change will occur July 1 when Lt. Tony Sanders retires as district supervisor, according to conservation officer spokesman Kurt Souders. Taking Sanders’ place will be Lt. Duane Englert, who joined the department in 1985. The Southridge High School graduate currently is working in Gibson County. Also moving from a post in Gibson County will be field officer Roy “Kenny” Tincher, who will take over a vacant position in Pike County. Tincher has been a conservation officer since 2007.

The vacancies in Gibson County will be filled with two officers out of the 2012 Indiana Conservation Officers Recruit School: conservation officer Paul Crockett will move from Elkhart County and conservation officer Ryen McIntyre will move from Adams County.

Other changes will be seen in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ personnel in Dubois and Knox counties. Filling a recent conservation officer’s retirement in Dubois County will be Cpl. Joe Haywood from Knox County. Haywood has been on the force since 2003. Taking Haywood’s place in Knox County will be conservation officer Shane Cooper from Parke County. He has been a conservation officer since 2009.

To contact any conservation officer in Indiana, call the 24-hour dispatch center in Bloomington at 812-837-9536.

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