Jenkins Promoted to Director of Marine Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                CONTACT: David Rainer
July 8, 2008                                                                                                                                        251-945-6889
Jenkins Promoted to Director of Marine Police

Veteran Enforcement Officer John Thomas Jenkins has been named Director of the Alabama Marine Police Division by M. Barnett Lawley, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Jenkins, who has served the past six years as Chief Enforcement Officer for the Alabama Marine Resources Division (ADCNR), will assume his new duties July 16.

Jenkins, who has been with Marine Resources since 1986, has received numerous awards during his tenure with ADCNR.

Because of his courageous conduct during Hurricane Katrina, Jenkins was awarded the 2007 Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement Officers by the Alabama Legislature and Governor Bob Riley. Jenkins was also recipient of the 2006 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award as Conservation Officer of the Year presented by the Alabama Wildlife Association, as well as FDA Recognition Award for 2006 Exemplary and Sustained Superior Service.

“I feel privileged that we have somebody of John Thomas’ ability and demeanor available to serve as Director of the Marine Police Division,” Commissioner Lawley said. “John Thomas has exhibited his knowledge in the enforcement area, his organizational skills, his ability to work with people, and most of all his ability in solving problems. John Thomas is an excellent choice, a valuable addition to Marine Police and an asset to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“His past history and qualifications speak for themselves. I know of no one better suited for this position, and I am delighted to make this appointment as Director of Marine Police,” Lawley added.

The Alabama Marine Police Division patrols the public waterways, oversees the registration of all pleasure boats, the licensing of all boat operators, and operates a statewide education program. Marine Police also administers the State’s regulatory waterway marking program, presently overseeing 1,518 hazard and control markers/zones. A Disaster Response Team that responds to emergency situations statewide and a Boat Theft Unit that investigates boat and marine accessory theft cases are also among the services provided to Alabama’s boating community.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit