Hamilton County native named 'Boating Officer of the Year'
HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. —
Josh Landrum, a native of Hamilton County, has been selected as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 2016 Boating Officer of the Year.
Landrum serves as a boating officer in TWRA District 21, a 12-county district in Middle Tennessee, which includes several rivers and streams and the five major reservoirs of J. Percy Priest Cordell Hull, Cheatham, and Barkley.
Landrum led the state in the number of boating under the influence arrests (BUI) with 19 and was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at the organization’s annual Night of Remembrance for his efforts. He prosecuted seven boating-related drug cases. Landrum inspected more than 750 recreational boats and issued close to 100 court citations for violations. He was the lead investigator on five incidents and assisted on several others.
In other duties as a wildlife officer, he conducted more than 100 access area, fishing, wildlife, and wildlife management area checks.
Landrum coordinated TWRA support of U.S. Marine Week in Nashville and three other major public events in the area.
Landrum attended several professional training courses during the year. He assisted with the training of law enforcement officers. He assisted with boating education resulting in the certification of students as safe boaters. He participated in the Nashville Boat Show, conducted three public programs and participated in other public venues to promote boating safety.
Landrum TWRA in 2011 as a wildlife officer in Houston County before moving into his current position three years later. He earned his degree in fisheries and wildlife management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. He worked three years for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources before returning to his home state.
Landrum was officially presented his award at the recent meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.