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New Ohio Wildlife Officer Assigned to Franklin County


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Wildlife Officer Mark Williams, of Vermilion, has a new assignment in Franklin County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. A 2023 graduate of the Wildlife Officer Academy, Officer Williams previously served as an officer in Ashtabula County. He replaces Ohio Wildlife Officer Brad Kiger, who was recently promoted to Wildlife Officer Supervisor.

Officer Williams graduated from Vermillion High School, then from Bowling Green State University with a degree in criminal justice. During his down time, Officer Williams enjoys reading, writing, and target shooting.

As a wildlife officer, Williams has statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways, and property. He also contributes to public safety both locally 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.

To reach Officer Williams directly, call (614) 902-4212. To report suspicious activity involving wildlife, call (800) POACHER (762-2437). Reports can remain anonymous.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.