Dec 09, 2012

Jim Hall: Chief of Law Enforcement, Refuge System

The Washington Post recently featured Jim Hall, Chief of Law Enforcement, National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in their Federal Faces article.

Hall began his career with the Fish and Wildlife Service as a tractor operator at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, and soon became refuge manager for Harris Neck, Blackbeard Island and Wolf Island…

Now he’s in a place he never expected to be: behind a desk in Arlington County, as the chief law enforcement officer for the refuge system. Lured to headquarters in 2007, Hall oversees 400 uniformed officers, ensuring they are trained and have the proper tools to enforce the laws designed to protect the natural habitats and wildlife in the 150 million-acre system. He also has a key role in emergency management issues and in setting law enforcement policies. Hall says his years in the field serve him well in the chief’s job. “I understand what they are going through and the sacrifices they make,” he said.

“A career in managing a national wildlife refuge and being a federal wildlife officer is the best job in the world. You get to work in amazing places and see amazing things.”

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