Sean Williams, the new Department of Natural Resources conservation officer at Ely, is one of nine new conservation officers now on the job following 16 weeks of field training.
Other new officers and their field stations are: Lucas Belgard, Albert Lea; Steven Chihak, Spring Valley; Chad Davis, Owatonna; Brent Grewe, Osseo; Brian Holt, Bemidji; Demosthenes Regas, Blackduck; Caleb Silgjord, Sauk Centre; and Christopher Tetrault, Isle. All have previous law enforcement experience, according to the DNR.
The 16-week field training followed graduation last October from the 12-week Conservation Officer Academy at Camp Ripley. During field training, the recruit is paired with an experienced conservation officer to gain on-the-job training for natural resources management and law enforcement-related activities.