XENIA - Scott Cartwright, of Colum-biana, is one of 16 new wildlife officers sworn in on July 3 in Columbus. Cartwright has been assigned to Adams County.
He will have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property, and make arrests.
He will also conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties, and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife.
A 2001 graduate of Columbiana High School, he served seven years in the United State Air Force. He completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as assignments in Alaska, Hawaii and South Korea.
Cartwright received an associate's degree in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force, his Ohio Peace Officer Basic certification and National Park Service Law Enforcement certification from the National Ranger Training Institute.
He is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in parks, recreation and tourism from The Ohio State University.
Prior to the academy, he worked at the ODNR communications center and as a special deputy with the Meigs County Sheriff Department.