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For Immediate Release
Lee Walker, Outreach Division Director, (804) 912-6121

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Major Ron Henry Promoted to Colonel

Richmond, VA — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) announced that Major Ron Henry has been promoted to the rank of Colonel and named Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. Mr. Henry was selected for the position by an interview panel that included Corinne Geller, Public Relations Manager, Virginia State Police; Jim Agnew, Sheriff of Goochland County; and Colonel Gerald Massengill, Superintendent, Virginia State Police (Ret.).

Colonel Henry brings to the position extensive leadership experience and management skills gained over his 26 years with the Department. He was hired as a game warden in 1987 (today's conservation police officers were formerly known as game wardens) and since that time has held every rank possible from field officer to colonel, giving him a broad perspective of the work demands involved in conservation law, and a unique insight into law enforcement leadership requirements. He held the rank of 'game warden' for 6 years, 'sergeant' for 9 years, 'lieutenant' for 2 years, 'captain' for 6.5 years and 'major' for 2.5 years. He began his career as a game warden in Franklin County, and in 1992 he was promoted to sergeant overseeing the counties of Franklin and Roanoke. His work included boating patrols of Smith Mountain Lake.

In 2001, Henry was promoted to district lieutenant, overseeing wardens working in the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Nelson and Lynchburg city. At that time DGIF operated within five regions across Virginia. In 2003, he was promoted to captain of Region II and responsible for 42 sworn conservation officers and was commander of all regional law enforcement operations. In 2010, Ron Henry was promoted to the rank of major, supervising 76 law enforcement division employees in the central and southwest counties of Virginia. He managed the full range of law enforcement services pertaining to wildlife, fishing, boating and ensuring public safety in the provision of these services, as well as commanding the division's special operations unit.

Colonel Henry has continued to enhance his knowledge, skills and abilities through various training and educational opportunities throughout his career. He attended the three-month FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, in 2008, where he maintained an A average and received the famous "Yellow Brick" for fitness. He has attended Virginia Commonwealth University's Virginia Supervisory Institute; he served on the Department's Special Operations Unit; and, he is a Hunter Education Instructor, a Boating Cadre Instructor, a Field Training Officer, an In-service Instructor, and a SCUBA Certified Dive master.

Colonel Henry has received numerous honors and awards, including: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) "Law Enforcement Achievement Award" (three-time winner 1995, 1996, and 1998); he was selected as the "Virginia Game Warden of the Year" 2001, which is the highest honor given to a Virginia Game Warden; The National Association of Police Organizations' "Top Cop" winner for Virginia, 2001; The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) "National Officer of the Year," 2002; National Boating Law Administrators' (NASBLA) "Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" for 2002; Shikar Safari International Award "Outstanding Officer," 2002; and the United States Marshall Service "Meritorious Service Award," 2007.

Colonel Henry earned his Associate's Degree from Tri-Cities State Technical University in 1985, and has completed numerous additional college courses in areas of law enforcement and management principles at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. He is a member of many civic and professional organizations including: Central Virginia Law Enforcement Association, Regional Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs, FBI National Academy Associates, and the U.S. Attorney's Office Anti-Terrorism Council.

A native of Church Hill, Tennessee, and an avid, life-long outdoorsman, Colonel Henry enjoys hunting, fishing and boating. He currently resides in Campbell County with his wife Shawna and daughter Kaley. A photograph of Colonel Henry is Available upon request.