ASSIGNED: Cadiz resident Craig Neil Porter is now a state wildlife officer in Jefferson County.
Porter, 23, is one of 11 new wildlife officer cadets to have undergone extensive training before being sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during ceremonies June 29 in Columbus. He began his new duties the following day.
Following completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course May 4, the cadets had eight weeks of specialized training by the Division of Wildlife. In addition to wildlife law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of wildlife and fish management, communications, ATV and watercraft operation, hunter safety and advanced firearms and self-defense topics.
As a state wildlife officer, Porter will have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property, and make arrests. He will also conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife. Wildlife officers serve an important role as a point of contact with law enforcement and other agencies on topics of mutual interest, providing assistance and expertise.
A 2007 graduate of Harrison Central High School, Porter received his associate's degree in wildlife management from Hocking College in 2011.
He can be reached by calling (330) 245-3050.
HONORED: Ken Perkins of Tri-State Financial Services has again earned membership in the MetLife Broker-Dealer Group Inner Circle. Membership is based on the previous year's production of securities-based insurance and financial services products and is limited to the top 200 of the 8,500 representatives in the MetLife Broker-Dealer system.
In recognition of his selection, Perkins was invited to attend a two-day investment adviser symposium at the MetLife office in New York City. While at the meeting, Perkins heard from several vice presidents of the MetLife Broker-Dealer group regarding efficiency of operations, products and product support, recent legislation effecting the industry and social media practices. The forum also offered insight into the global outlook of investing and an overview of 10 predictions and views on the economy from BlackRock chief equity strategist Bob Doll.
The Inner Circle is limited to 200 advisers throughout the four distribution channels of MetLife and meets annually to review current market conditions and future needs of the group. Perkins is a perennial qualifier within this group.
A Jefferson County resident, Perkins is president of Tri-State Financial Services LLC, 255 N. Third St., Steubenville, and can be reached at (740) 264-4466.
APPOINTED: Recently named to Charity Hospice's board of trustees were Melissa Greco, LNHA, president; Joe Corabi, vice president; Anita Petrella, secretary; and Mike Zinno, CPA, treasurer