- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Col. Kevin Jordan has been named chief of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Law Enforcement Division.

Department Director Glenn Normandeau announced Jordan’s promotion to colonel on Thursday. Jordan, of Brentwood, succeeds Martin Garabedian, who retired earlier this year.

Jordan has been in the department since 1994. In 1997, he was on the scene when Carl Drega went on a rampage in Colebrook, killing two state troopers and two residents and wounding a fish and game officer. After that, Jordan was picked to be a critical incident specialist, helping others cope after traumatic experiences.

“We are confident that Kevin’s innovative ideas, positive outlook, tenacity, life experience, patience, dedication and perseverance exhibited throughout his tenure will continue to serve him well as Fish and Game’s Chief of Law Enforcement,” said Normandeau.

He said Thursday that his first goal is to rebuild the force of field officers back to full or near-full strength. There are usually about 45 fish and game officers in the state but there are about half a dozen vacancies. Money is always an issue in the department that is almost entirely self-funded through user fees so Jordan said his next goal is to try to identify a different way to increase funding.

He has been the division’s assistant chief since 2010. He has also served as president of the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Association and is a charter member of the Search and Rescue Team.

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