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Retired conservation officer given District 2 honor

Journal Gazette

Indiana Conservation Officer Robert Duff has been selected as the 2020 District 2 Officer of the Year.

Duff, who recently retired from the DNR Division of Law Enforcement after 28 years of service, was assigned to LaGrange County but had previously held assignments in DeKalb and Noble counties.

He served as a use-of-force instructor, side scan sonar operator, division armorer, scuba diver, dive master, unmanned aerial vehicle pilot, and field training officer, and also spent time as a member of the division's training section.

District 2 includes the counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley.

The district award puts Duff in the running for the Pitzer Award, which is given to the top overall Conservation Officer in the state of Indiana and selected from the 10 district award winners.

The Pitzer award is named after Conservation Officer James D. Pitzer, who was fatally shot while investigating illegal hunting activity Jan. 2, 1961 in Jay County.

NRC's Jan. 19 meeting canceled

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission's regularly scheduled bimonthly meeting, which was scheduled for Jan. 19 at Fort Harrison State Park, has been canceled.

The NRC's next scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m. March 16, at Fort Harrison State Park, at the park's Garrison Ballroom, 6002 North Post Road, Indianapolis.

The NRC is an autonomous board that addresses topics pertaining to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

NRC members include the DNR director, heads of three other state agencies (Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Office of Tourism Development, and the Indiana Department of Transportation), six citizens appointed by the governor on a bipartisan basis, the chair of the DNR's advisory council, and the president of the Indiana Academy of Science. The Academy of Science president and the agency heads, other than the DNR director, may appoint proxies to serve the commission in their absences.

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