Once again, a new State Wildlife Officer is being assigned to cover Adams County as 31-year old Scott Cartwright, a native of Columbiana County in Ohio, will assume the duties.
“I am honored and excited to serve the citizens of Ohio and learn from the best wildlife officers in the nation,” said Cartwright.
Cartwright is one of 16 new wildlife officer cadets who recently underwent extensive training and were sworn in on July 3 as commissioned state wildlife officers. Cartwright had previously completed the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Course and attended eight weeks of specialized wildlife officer training under the auspices of the Division of Wildlife.
In his position as a state wildlife officer, he will have jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate reports of waterway pollution, protect any state property, as well as having the authority to make arrests. His office will conduct educational programs , handle fish and wildlife management duties, and advise landowners on issues relating to wildlife.
Cartwright served seven years in the United States Air Force and served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as special assignments in Alaska, Hawaii, and South Korea. He has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism through Ohio State University. Cartwright has worked with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources communications center and was a special deputy with the Meigs County Sheriff’s office.
The People’s Defender welcomes Office Cartwright to Adams County and wishes him well in his new position.
Mark Carpenter can be reached at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.