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New Ohio Wildlife Officer Assigned to Fairfield County


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Wildlife Officer Jade Heizer, of Miamisburg, has a new assignment in Fairfield County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. A 2020 graduate of the Wildlife Officer Academy, Officer Heizer previously served as an at-large officer in central Ohio and in Washington County.

Officer Heizer, 27, graduated from Miamisburg High School and then The Ohio State University in 2017 with a degree in forestry, fisheries, and wildlife. She replaces Ohio Wildlife Officer Tony Zerkle, who was recently promoted to a wildlife officer supervisor. 

As a wildlife officer, Heizer has statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways, and property. She also contributes to public safety in central Ohio (Wildlife District One) and in Ohio’s vast outdoors. Each year, Ohio’s wildlife officers speak to hundreds of clubs and groups about conservation and wildlife programs; perform fish and wildlife surveys; and provide technical advice and instruction about hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related recreation.