Warren “Ed” Goodson Named 2009 WV Conservation Officer of the Year
West Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- Conservation Officer Warren “Ed” Goodson has been selected as the West Virginia Conservation Officer of the Year for 2009, according to Col.
David Murphy, Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section Chief. Goodson was hired by DNR in 2002, is stationed at the DNR District 5 office in Nitro and is assigned to Boone County.
The award is given by the Shikar-Safari Club International in recognition of the officer recommended by his department to have done the most outstanding job in the enforcement of the state game laws, the protection of wildlife and the implementation of conservation programs during the past year.
“I commend Ed for taking the passion that he has had as an avid sportsman and outdoor enthusiast to a career in conservation. I believe that when an individual has passion and commitment toward his work, good things will happen. Ed has shown that dedication through his work as an outstanding employee at the DNR,” said Gov. Joe Manchin.
In a letter of notification to Officer Goodson, Col. Murphy wrote: “You were recommended for this honor by your supervisors because of your positive attitude toward your job and the respect you have earned from various sportsmen groups, law enforcement agencies and the public. Your exemplary effort to teach and assist the state’s youth has not gone unnoticed. Your attendance at Senior Conservation Camp, teaching Hunter Education classes, and participation in events such as Kids Fishing Day and Archery in the Schools illustrate your commitment to the enrichment of children.”
Goodson explains how he got involved in DNR law enforcement:
“I grew up in southern West Virginia and, as a lifelong hunter and fisherman, I knew early on that I wanted to pursue a career in natural resources. I always envisioned myself as a game warden but thought it would never happen.
“I attended West Virginia University and earned a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources. In 1999, I was offered a position with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in New Bern, NC. It was a fulfilling career, but I started to miss the mountains back home in West Virginia. I then decided to start the application process with the WVDNR Law Enforcement Section and was accepted.
“My first duty assignment was in Kanawha County. For a new officer, Kanawha County offered all aspects of what the job of a conservation officer is all about. I was involved with boat patrols, spotlighting patrols, bear bait investigations, trout squads, litter enforcement and general game investigations. In October of 2006, I was granted a transfer to Boone County. I consider myself very fortunate to have the career that I have and to work with a great group of officers.”