Protection Division Chief Larry Yamnitz, right, presents Brad Hadley an award as Missouri's Conservation Agent of the Year.

A Licking native was recently selected as Missouri’s Conservation Agent of the Year for 2008.

Brad Hadley, a Shannon County conservation agent, received the award at a statewide protection division conference. He was selected based upon his resource law enforcement, an effective balance of program responsibilities, job knowledge, work habits, creativity, initiative, teamwork and cooperation with other department employees, interaction with the public, partnerships developed with other county, state, and federal agencies, as well as his overall well-balanced work program.

Since beginning his career as a Missouri Conservation Department agent in 1999, Hadley has been assigned to Shannon County. Over the past years, officials said he developed a tremendous program of wildlife law enforcement and public relations. He concentrates his efforts in Shannon County but also devotes considerable time working in other areas of the state. Officials said Hadley is a dedicated professional who exemplifies the very best attributes of all areas of responsibility required of the position of conservation agent. His knowledge, work ethic and dedication to the agency are unsurpassed, they said.

They said Hadley is a consummate professional who is willing to tackle any problem within the department. He has a positive attitude and ability to “look at the big picture” and identify and solve problems, they said.

In addition to his regular agent duties, Hadley wrote and submitted two Missouri Conservationist articles, took an active role working with landowners to address problems with Mahan creek, worked with the Youth Conservation Corps project, wrote and had two articles published in the Journal of Wildlife Enforcement, completed an extensive study on spotlighting arrests in Missouri, was active with the Oak Grove Neighborhood Watch program and has been instrumental in educating resource users on proper use of Missouri Department of Conservation lands, they said.

Hadley is a graduate of Drury University with an associate’s degree in environmental studies and bachelor’s degrees in biology and criminal justice. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in biology from Southwest Missouri State University. He also graduated from Central Missouri State University’s National Hunting Incident Investigation Academy and has attended several other training opportunities with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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