Nominations are open to all commissioned, certified or sworn peace officers authorized by the state to enforce the recreational boating safety laws of that state. Boating law administrators should nominate candidates who have made an outstanding contribution to boating safety through enforcement. A nominee should have performed an outstanding service to the agency or state in any facet of recreational boating safety including but not limited to enforcement, education, search and rescue, outreach, innovation, partnership, BUI enforcement, accident investigation, community service, and heroic action. Posthumous nominations are not eligible. Three regional finalists will be chosen from among the state nominees and will win a paid trip to the NASBLA Annual Conference where the national boating officer of the year will be announced and recognized during the Awards Ceremony. Nominations for this award must be submitted by a boating law administrator.The deadline for nominations for the Officer of the Year award was March 31, 2019. Nominations for 2019 are now closed.
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NASBLA is pleased to announce the regional winners of the Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. This award symbolizes the highest level of achievement among boating law enforcement officers in the U.S.
The selection process for this award began in January with NASBLA soliciting nominations for each state and territory boating law enforcement officer of the year. Next, each regional association of boating law administrators chose one regional award recipient, making that officer eligible for consideration for the national award. The national award recipient is announced during the NASBLA Annual Conference.
National Winner 2019The 2019 National Officer of the Year winner will be announced during the 60th Annual NASBLA Conference, held in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2019.Northern Region
First presented in 2000, the Marvin “Butch” Potts Memorial Award, known as the Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award, is presented annually to the boating law enforcement officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of boating law enforcement. The award program consists of three levels: state, regional and national.
Lyndle Crownover, ArkansasBritton Corbin, FloridaQuinn Fogle, GeorgiaZachary Carney, KentuckyMitch Darby, LouisianaSarah Grice, MarylandJonathan T. Wilson, MissouriTyler Ingle, North CarolinaRay Lewis, South CarolinaJoe Fortner, TennesseeDarrin Peeples, TexasJoe Rollings, VirginiaJeremy M. Quinn, West Virginia
Jacques Kosto, AlaskaKyler Cox, ArizonaEthan Mahakam, IdahoDan Hesket, KansasChris Crane, MontanaChristopher A. Walther, NevadaDaren Krag, Oregon(Those in bold text are the regional boating officers of the year.)
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