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Bryan Dowdy Promoted to Chief Park Ranger for the State Parks System

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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Bryan Dowdy Promoted to Chief Park Ranger for the State Parks System

RALEIGH -- Bryan Dowdy has been promoted to chief park ranger for the state parks system, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. He succeeds Tom Jackson who held the post for five years before being named west district superintendent.

As chief park ranger, Dowdy will direct the law enforcement, search and rescue, and emergency medical efforts of the division's nearly 180 commissioned rangers and superintendents. The chief ranger's responsibilities include investigations, public safety training, law enforcement grants, rules coordination and specialized equipment. The chief ranger acts as incident command team leader and as liaison with other law enforcement agencies.

"Bryan has the right combination of experience for this role, having been a park superintendent and a law enforcement specialist. His in-depth knowledge of the division's emergency response programs will be very helpful as we work to bring an even higher standard of professionalism to the state parks' public safety role," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division.

A native of Raleigh, Dowdy graduated from East Carolina University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation management and joined the division that year as a ranger at Falls Lake State Recreation Area in Wake County. He was later promoted to superintendent of the park.

In 2004, Dowdy became the division's first law enforcement specialist. He holds an Advanced Law Enforcement certificate and several law enforcement instructor credentials. He is a certified firearms instructor and is the division's armorer for service weapons.