FINDLAY, OH- Williams County Wildlife Officer Thomas Kochert has retired after 22 years of service to the people of the State of Ohio according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Officer Kochert started working for the ODNR Division of Wildlife in 1993 when he entered the Wildlife Officer Training Academy. After graduation in 1993, Officer Kochert was assigned to Williams County, where he has served as the county wildlife officer until his retirement Oct. 31, 2015.
Officer Kochert was a member of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Honor Guard for 18 years, as well as a field training officer for 4 wildlife officer cadet academies, and a member of the trapping instructor team for wildlife officers. Officer Kochert was also awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Conservation Award for distinguished accomplishments in wildlife law enforcement.
Wildlife officers from neighboring counties will be covering the county until a replacement has been assigned. Residents of Williams County should call and leave a message at: (419) 429-8396 with any wildlife related concerns. If there is an emergency, residents should contact their local sheriff’s department.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.