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Emmetsburg Native To Lead DNR Law Enforcement Bureau

By Staff | Feb 18, 2010

DES MOINES — An Emmetsburg native has made a career change to take over a branch of a state agency. Robert O. Garrison has been named as the new chief of the law enforcement bureau for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Garrison, who served as chief of the Iowa State Patrol for eight years, retired a few years ago from the State Patrol to take a position as the Chief of Security for the Iowa Department of Corrections. His appointment to head the DNR Law Enforcement Bureau was announced Monday. He succeeds Randy Edwards who retired as chief in November after nearly 35 years with the DNR.

As chief of the DNR’s Law Enforcement Bureau, Garrison will lead a bureau of 97 employees, including 91 sworn conservation peace officers. He will start his new position during the second week of March.

A native of Emmetsburg, Garrison joined the Iowa State Patrol in 1975. After serving the Patrol in a variety of positions, he was named chief in October of 1999.

Garrison has extensive leadership and training experience through his time with the Patrol as well as bachelor’s of science and master’s of science degrees in nursing from Drake University.