Conservation Enforcement Officer Richard (Dick) Mowbray was recently selected by Shikar Safari Club International as their 2004 “Officer of the Year.” The program recognizes exemplary performance in protection of wildlife, enforcement of wildlife laws, and implementation of conservation programs.
Officer Mowbray was instrumental in bringing together the two opposing sides of a dog-deer hunting debate in Geneva County. Through his efforts, both sides agreed to a compromise that serves as a model for other counties facing the same debate.
A well-respected community leader, Officer Mowbray began his career with Conservation 32 years ago. His reputation for fairness and impartiality has earned him the respect of landowners and other residents of Geneva County.
“We commend Officer Mowbray for his outstanding service record and community involvement,” said M. Barnett Lawley, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “He embodies all the characteristics of a top-notch conservation officer.”
Away from the job, Officer Mowbray is active in the Geneva County Cattleman’s Association, Hartford Lions Club, Hartford Jaycees, Dixie Youth Baseball, Shiloh Baptist Church, hunter education, and youth hunting and fishing events. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Geneva County High School in Hartford. He is one of the founding members of the Tri-States Game and Fish Association, an organization of conservation officers from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, which fosters good will, closer working relationships, and information sharing among the three states.