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, incident 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 nomination deadline for the Officer of the Year award was April 30, 2023. Nominations for 2023 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 2023
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.
Corporal Kyle Wharton, DelawareConservation Police Officer Austin Priest, IllinoisConservation Officer Jarred Coffing, IndianaConservation Officer Aaron Johnson, IowaSergeant Carleton Richardson, MaineOfficer Dustin Burroughs, MassachusettsConservation Officer Brice Vollbrecht, MinnesotaSergeant Cory Krause, NebraskaDeputy Luke Bickford, New YorkGame Warden Michael Sedlacek, North DakotaWaterways Conservation Officer Kyle Robinson, PennsylvaniaOfficer Anthony Sullivan, Rhode IslandConservation Officer Blake Swanson, South Dakota
Corporal Lyndle Crownover, ArkansasCorporal Tyler Lewis, GeorgiaOfficer Michael Pritchard, KentuckyLieutenant Jason Russo, LouisianaOfficer Brendan Ryan, MarylandCorporal Jason Hurt, MissouriMaster Officer Ryan Biggerstaff, North CarolinaWildlife Officer Matt Howard, TennesseeGame Warden Tyler Zaruba, TexasConservation Police Officer First Class Tyler Routo, VirginiaOfficer Zackery France, West Virginia
Trooper Colin Nemec, AlaskaDeputy Charles Trescher, ArizonaOfficer Tappan Brown, ColoradoChief Deputy Mike Gladhart, IdahoGame Warden Colbe Austin, KansasGame Warden Hunter Parrish, NevadaMarine Enforcement Supervisor Leigh Kirkeeide, New Mexico(Those in bold text are the regional boating officers of the year.)
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