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September 19, 2003

N.H. Fish and Game Promotes Law Enforcement Officers

CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has announced promotions for several officers in its Law Enforcement Division.

"We were fortunate to have candidates with a depth of experience and expertise to take on these key positions at the Department," said Col. Jeffrey Gray, Chief of the Law Enforcement Division at Fish and Game. Recent promotions at Fish and Game Law Enforcement included the following:

Capt. Timothy Acerno, of Raymond, was promoted to Major. A 20-year veteran of N.H. Fish and Game, Timothy Acerno started out with Fish and Game as a Conservation Officer trainee in 1983. He served as a CO for four years in the Raymond area, and then for four years in Deerfield, before moving to headquarters as the OHRV coordinator in 1992. Acerno holds a B.A. in Environmental Conservation, with a minor in Environmental Education, from the University of New Hampshire. As Major, Acerno will have enhanced responsibilities in the rapidly expanding area of OHRV coordination.

Lt. Martin Garabedian, of Tuftonboro, was promoted to Captain. After serving more than 18 years in Fish and Game Law Enforcement in Coos County, Martin Garabedian has assumed new duties at Fish and Game's headquarters in Concord. He began his career with the Department doing animal damage control and hatcheries work, then served as a CO first in the Berlin/Gorham area, then in Pittsburg. Garabedian holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire. As Captain, Garabedian now plays a role in the oversight and supervision of field operations, assists with coordination of the Law Enforcement budget and is responsible for training and oversight related to Federally funded programs and other special division initiatives.

Sergeant Douglas Gralenski, of Gorham, was promoted to District 1 Lieutenant. An 18-year veteran of Fish and Game, Gralenski started out at the New Hampton Fish Hatchery before becoming a Conservation Officer. He served first in the Milford patrol, worked for a short time in the Keene area and finally transferred to the Berlin-Gorham area, where he has spent most of his career. Gralenski holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire. In his new position as District 1 Chief, he oversees all of the Fish and Game officers working in Coos County.

Conservation Officer Michael Moody, of Errol, was promoted to District 1 Sergeant. A 14-year veteran of Fish and Game, Moody has served in the Errol patrol since he signed on as a trainee in 1988. Moody serves as Assistant Team Leader of the Search and Rescue Team and is a member of the Fish and Game Dive Team. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Northland College in Wisconsin. In his new position, Moody will serve as the Assistant District Chief in District 1 (Coos County).

Conservation Officer Craig Morrocco, of Greenfield, was promoted to Sergeant in District 4. Morrocco has served with the Fish and Game Department since 1988. He holds a B.S. in Park Management from Unity College in Maine and a Liberal Arts degree from the Community College of Rhode Island. Morrocco is a Field Training Officer for new recruits, and he was selected as the New Hampshire Wildlife Officer of the Year in 1990.

Conservation Officer Jeffrey Marston, of East Kingston, was promoted to the position of Sergeant in District 6. He has served with Fish and Game since 1987 and holds B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire. Marston serves on the seacoast and is the member on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council representing law enforcement issues. He has been a Fish and Game dive team member for several years, and was selected as the New Hampshire Wildlife Officer of the year in 1995.

New Hampshire Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division is responsible for the enforcement of all laws, rules and regulations pertaining to fish and wildlife. Conservation Officers prosecute all of their own cases involving offenders of wildlife law. They also are responsible for search and rescue operations and for enforcing off-highway recreational vehicle regulations.




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