Todd Weaver Named Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Tennessee Wildlife Officer of the Year

Friday, August 04, 2017 | 11:46am

Todd Weaver Named Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Tennessee Wildlife Officer of the Year

NASHVILLE --- Todd Weaver has been honored as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Wildlife Officer of the Year for the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA).

The recipient of the award was announced by Darren Rider, TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement Division colonel.

Weaver serves as a wildlife officer in TWRA Region IV’s District 42’s Sullivan County and just reached his 10th anniversary with the agency. He was selected among other TWRA law enforcement officers to become the state recipient. He will be recognized during the annual SEAFWA meeting in October to be held this year in Louisville, Ky. While assigned Sullivan County, Weaver works throughout the district’s 11 counties. 

Also honored as TWRA region and district selections were Greg Barker, Region I and Timothy Ward, District 11; Eric Anderson, Region II and Leith Konyndyk, District 22; Andrew Ward, Region III and Jason Ramsey, District 31; and Greg Julian, District 41. The officers were selected for their efforts in teamwork, public outreach, innovation, attitude, leadership, achievements and accomplishments.

 “It is always a difficult situation when one officer is selected out of a group of officers that have all gone above and beyond the duty of ensuring Tennessee hunters, anglers and boaters are provided safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities,” said Rider. “All these officers are to be commended for their professionalism and efforts they displayed this year. All these officers had a fantastic year, but Todd really excelled in all aspects of his job. His achievements and accomplishments were outstanding.”Todd Weaver photo

In Weaver’s enforcement efforts, close to 3,800 hunters, fishermen and boaters were inspected for compliance.  These efforts produced a total of 199 court citations and seven physical arrests. He also issued 73 warning citations and assisted other officers with 27 cases. He worked four marine events, assisted 20 distressed boaters and recovered two stolen boats. He also handled 80 calls involving big game damage, injured or orphaned wildlife and provided the necessary technical assistance to resolve these calls.

“Todd’s efforts in excellence and innovation were also great,” said Rider.  He spent many hours searching Facebook, system harvest data, and other social media outlets to determine who might have harvested big game illegally.”

Active in his community, he conducted and assisted with 55 school programs, seven newspaper articles, a pair of free fishing day events, 10 days at the Appalachian Fair, three days working a NASP tournament and three sportsman programs. He spoke to a behavior modifications class to encourage youth to become interested in the outdoors.

“Todd’s attitude and leadership efforts are also to be commended,” said Rider. “He rendered aid to an individual who was having a seizure on the side of the road until EMS arrived.  He also conducted a search for a lost hunter in the winter that resulted in him being found alive and well. Todd is certainly not only a great asset for the Agency but also for the hunters, anglers and boaters that recreate in the state of Tennessee.”