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October 27, 2008

Col. Martin Garabedian is sworn in as Law Enforcement Chief at  N.H. Fish and Game
Martin Garabedian (left) was sworn in as the Colonel and Law Enforcement Chief at N.H. Fish and Game by Executive Director Glenn Normandeau on October 23, 2008. MEDIA: For print quality image (larger file) CLICK here.

Martin Garabedian Promoted to Colonel, Becomes Law Enforcement Chief at N.H. Fish and Game

CONCORD, N.H. -- At a ceremony at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters on October 23, 2008, Martin Garabedian was promoted to the rank of Colonel and assumed his new duties as Chief of Fish and Game's Law Enforcement Division. 

"The position of Chief Of Law Enforcement is vital to the success of this Department, and it is my distinct pleasure to acknowledge the high professional standards that Marty Garabedian brings to this job," said Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau.  "His strong, fair leadership style will help the Law Enforcement division excel during these challenging times."

Garabedian graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1980, earning a Bachelor's Degree of Science with a major in Wildlife Management.  He began his 24-year career with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department as a Fish Culturist in July 1984.  He transferred into the Wildlife Division for a brief time, working in animal damage control. 

In March 1986, Garabedian was hired as a Conservation Officer, joining the Law Enforcement Division and fulfilling a lifelong dream. His first assignment was in the Berlin-Gorham patrol area.  In October 1986, he moved to the Pittsburg patrol area in District One, geographically one of the largest and most demanding law enforcement patrol areas of the state for Fish and Game.  Today, two officers cover the region that Garabedian was responsible for alone for a number of years. While assigned to District One, Garabedian was instrumental in developing the deer and grouse decoy program, which has since expanded statewide, providing Conservation Officers with highly effective wildlife law enforcement field tools.

In 1993, Garabedian was honored as the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association Conservation Officer of the Year in recognition of his leadership abilities and dedication to duty.

Garabedian was promoted to the District One Sergeant's position in 1995, managing not only a very busy patrol area, but also the duties of Assistant District Chief.  In 1999, he achieved the rank of District One Lieutenant and became the District Chief.

Garabedian transferred to Fish and Game headquarters in Concord in June 2003, when he was promoted to the rank of Captain.  As Captain, he was charged with budget administration, training requirements of the entire field force and the direct supervision of all District Field Lieutenants.

At the recent promotion ceremony in Concord, Garabedian received the eagle motif shoulder pins signifying his new rank as Colonel.  Joining in the pinning ceremony were his wife of 28 years, Barbara, and former Fish and Game Law Enforcement Chief, retired Colonel Jeffrey Gray.

Lt. Kevin Jordan acknowledged Garabedian's accomplishments, saying, "On a personal note, I have been directly supervised by Marty for most of my career.  He is goal oriented and a master at multi-tasking.  He is focused and determined, firm but fair.  His work and personal ethics are beyond reproach. He will set very high standards, and he will expect everyone who wears this uniform to meet those standards."

Garabedian lives in Center Tuftonboro with his wife Barbara and their three children, Kristin, Matthew and Michael.

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

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