Dale Whitlock is Vermont’s Warden of the Year
Posted on 06/09/2015
Dale Whitlock received the Warden of the Year award from Governor Peter Shumlin.Media Contacts:  Commissioner Louis Porter, 802-828-1454
Col. Jason Batchelder, 802-828-1529

Dale Whitlock is Vermont’s Warden of the Year

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Dale Whitlock of Middlebury is Vermont's State Game Warden of the Year. A state game warden since 1996, Whitlock received the award from Governor Peter Shumlin in recognition of his excellent service on June 6 in Montpelier.

"I want to thank Dale for his outstanding performance in protecting Vermont's fish and wildlife resources and serving the people of Vermont," said Governor Shumlin. He added that Warden Whitlock was chosen for “his professionalism, his strong work ethic, his dedicated training of new wardens, helpful outreach with the public, and willingness to assist other law enforcement agencies.”

Lt. George Scribner, Whitlock’s supervisor, also commended him for his ability to conduct thorough investigations of hunting and fishing violations. “He is a true team player, and is always willing to drop everything to assist another warden or law enforcement colleague,” said Scribner.

“Dale also is highly respected as an exceptional communicator when working with young people, whether he is at a local school or with a hunter safety class.”

“Our warden force provides a broad range of services that go above and beyond protecting fish and wildlife,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “In Warden Whitlock’s case, his peers chose him as Warden of the Year because he exemplifies a high standard that others strive to reach.”

Warden Whitlock’s district includes the towns of Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes, Waltham, New Haven, Bristol, Lincoln, Bridport, Weybridge, Ripton, and Addison.

Shikar-Safari Club International, a private wildlife conservation group, sponsors a warden of the year award in each state and Canadian province to help promote and encourage the enforcement of wildlife conservation laws. Whitlock received a colorful framed certificate honoring his selection as Vermont’s State Game Warden of the Year, provided by Shikar-Safari Club International.

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Photo by Tom Rogers
Vermont State Game Warden Dale Whitlock is shown here receiving Vermont’s Warden of the Year Award from Governor Peter Shumlin. Pictured (from left) Col. Jason Batchelder, Lt. George Scribner, VSEA Pres. Shelley Martin, Warden Specialist Dale Whitlock, Governor Peter Shumlin, and Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter