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FWC presents wildlife award to Colonel Julie Jones

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Media contact: Carol Pratt, 850-251-2212

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), meeting in Apalachicola Wednesday, recognized Julie L. Jones, former director of the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement, as the 2009 recipient of the Louise Ireland Humphrey Achievement Award.

The award, named after former Commissioner Louise Ireland Humphrey of Tallahassee, is conveyed annually to an agency employee who provides outstanding leadership or contributions in managing the state's fish and wildlife resources.

"Julie was instrumental in gaining the Division of Law Enforcement accreditation," said Col. Jim Brown, current director of Law Enforcement. "And she was instrumental in developing a national standard for waterborne response team training, which is critical to our nation's homeland security."

Jones began working with the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission in 1982, first as a biologist on the Kissimmee River Project, then as a law enforcement officer.  She worked in four of the state's five administrative regions before being promoted to regional director in Lake City in 1997.

In August 2002, Col. Jones became the FWC's director of the Division of Law Enforcement.  She was responsible for the division's 900 employees, 721 of whom were sworn law enforcement officers, and oversaw an operating budget of $104 million.  She managed the largest resource enforcement agency in the nation.

"When we appointed her director eight years ago, the FWC broke glass ceilings," said Chairman Rodney Barreto. "She was the first female statewide law enforcement director."

Jones' role in the Division of Law Enforcement's attaining accreditation shows the agency's commitment to professionalism and fulfilling its constitutionally mandated mission of protecting Florida's fish and wildlife resources.  On Sept. 29, 2009, Jones was appointed executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

"Receiving this award is the pinnacle of my career," Jones said. "This frames my life thus far."



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