Three Indiana Conservation Officers were recently promoted to serve as district commanders for respective operational districts 5, 8 and 9 by Col. Steve Hunter, director of the DNR Division of Law Enforcement.
The promoted conservation officers, each of whom now holds the rank of lieutenant, were Cpl. Dale Clark (District 5), Officer Matt Pearcy (District 8), and Cpl. Brandon Shoults. Each will oversee and supervise the operations, budget and administration of their respective districts.
“These officers have displayed a high level of knowledge and dedication over the course of their careers,” Hunter said. “We are confident those traits will help them lead Indiana Conservation Officers for years to come.”
Clark was promoted to District 5 corporal in 2014. In 2012 he received the Pitzer Award as the state’s top conservation officer that year. He is a 2014 Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Leadership Academy graduate.
Pearcy began his career in 2006 as a field officer assigned to Union County and later to Johnson and then Scott counties. In addition to his field duties, Pearcy also filled roles as public safety diver, background investigator and boat accident investigator.
Shoults began his career in 2009 as a field officer assigned to Union County. He was promoted to District 9 corporal last year. In addition to his field and supervision duties, Shoults also filled roles as peer support team coordinator, advanced boat accident investigator, standard field sobriety test instructor, handgun armorer and defensive tactics instructor.
Learn more about Indiana Conservation Officers at on.IN.gov/dnrlaw.