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Rich Palmer - Deputy Director of Field Operations

Rich Palmer became the Deputy Director of Field Operations during June 2014. He has worked for the Game Commission since 1991. He is responsible for overseeing and directing agency field operations statewide.

Prior to becoming Deputy Director of Field Operations, Palmer served in assignments as director of Bureau of Wildlife Protection from July 2007 to June 2014, Acting Bureau Director from July 2006 to July 2007, Training Director from 2004 to 2007, Research and Development division chief of the Bureau of Wildlife Protection from 2000 to 2004, and Law Enforcement Training Supervisor from 1998-2000. He also served as a district wildlife conservation officer in both Huntingdon and Perry counties and as an undercover officer in the special investigations unit serving since 1991.

His educational background includes an associate degree in criminal justice and certificate in training and development, as well as numerous instructor certifications in various law enforcement and wildlife subjects. Prior to joining the Game Commission, he served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a military police officer and canine handler from 1984 to 1991 in stateside and overseas assignments.

Career accomplishments include serving on teams that developed the first formal comprehensive wildlife forensics training program in 1994, the redevelopment of the deputy wildlife conservation officer training program in 1999, the conservation law enforcement canine program in 2000, conducting the testing and evaluation and managing the duty firearm transition in 2004, and working with the legislature to pass the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact and Act 54 penalty increase legislation in between 2007 and 2010.

He is a past member of National Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs association and has served as the vice-president of the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association, the Isaac Walton League of America Red Rose Chapter, The Ruffed Grouse Society, Woodcock Limited of PA, The Mid Atlantic hunting spaniel club, and is a former committee chairman of Ducks Unlimited.