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Texas Game Warden Mission Statement

Since 1895, our mission has been to have Texas Game Wardens serve the citizens of Texas by providing professional law enforcement, water safety, and search and rescue, while working to conserve and protect the natural resources of Texas.

National Wild Turkey Federation Officer of the Year

Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year - Benny G. Richards, Jr

The Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year for the Texas Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is Ellis Powell for 2015. Since 2000 the federation has annually recognized Game Wardens from North America for enforcement activities related to wild turkeys. This marks the sixteenth year this award has been presented to a deserving Texas Game Warden.

Warden Powell graduated from the 50th Texas Game Warden Training Academy in June of 2004. He is stationed in Newton County, which was his assigned duty station upon graduation from the Academy. In his nearly 12 years in the county, he has worked hard to develop a strong relationship with the large hunting clubs bordering the Sabine National Forest. This area has one of the largest populations of Eastern Turkey that has not only been maintained but is actually expanding. He has worked closely with these clubs creating a partnership resulting in violations being almost nil, not only for the turkey hunting, but for all other game violations as well. Additionally, Warden Powell is routinely asked to assist these clubs not only with violation issues but to assist with their management plan for both turkey and deer.

Ellis is known for his positive attitude and professionalism and proudly serves as one of the original members of the Law Enforcement Division Dive team. Warden Powell is the consummate professional and he represents the Department and the Division at the highest level.

Special Operations Major keeps Cutting Edge

The Law Enforcement Division’s Major Chris Davis was recently presented with the agency's Employee Recognition Award in Leadership.

Rising through the ranks, the major oversees criminal investigations and tactical operations teams. Over the last three years, he has championed the development of the Game Warden rapid response SCOUT team, the agency's highly respected search and rescue team, the new K-9 unit and the boat accident investigation team.

With the demographics and landscape of Texas constantly changing, the agency needs leaders like this dedicated to the evolution of services so that it can continue to provide for the wants and needs of the state.