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DLNR Names New Conservation Division Chief

December 28, 2015, 11:05 AM HST
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DLNR_color_logoThomas “Tommy” Friel, a conservation law enforcement officer for nearly three decades, has been named the new Chief of the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, effective today, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015.

“We have the great privilege of hiring Tommy, who has deep personal and professional roots in Hawai‘i,” said DLNR Chair Suzanne Case. “Enforcement of laws aimed at protecting our precious natural and cultural resources is one of the most important roles DLNR plays. To attract someone of Tommy’s stature and experience ensures a strong enforcement philosophy with fairness and balance.”

Chief Friel has more than 28 years in state and federal law enforcement leadership experience. For over 21 years, he served with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement, Pacific Island Division.

His experience includes supervision of special agents, fisheries enforcement officers and office staff in Hawai‘i and around the Pacific.

“With Tommy’s experience working with ocean fisheries, marine mammals and endangered species, he is a natural fit for the State’s top conservation law enforcement role,” Case added.

Chief Friel is a lifelong resident of windward O‘ahu, but has worked in enforcement operations throughout the world.

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“My passion in protecting Hawai‘i’s natural resources stems from my commitment to creating a brighter tomorrow for our keiki and mo‘opuna,” said Friel.

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