The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has promoted three conservation officers to lieutenant and district supervisor.
State Conservation Officer Larry Francis of Remer was named the Park Rapids area enforcement supervisor, which includes Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena in north-central Minnesota. Officer Robert Gorecki of Baudette is the new Mille Lacs area enforcement supervisor. The area includes Aitkin, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties in east-central Minnesota. Officer Mike Martin of St. Cloud will be the Cambridge area enforcement supervisor encompassing Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Sherburne, Wright counties in central Minnesota.
“Each of these officers possesses courage, leadership, and ability,” said Col. Ken Soring, DNR enforcement director. “I am confident that they will continue the proud tradition of the department. My sincere congratulations go out to them for these well-deserved promotions.”
Francis started with the DNR in 1998 after serving three years with the Ely Police Department. Prior to joining Ely PD, Francis served three years with the Winona Police Department. He has served as a field officer in Mankato, Northome and Remer. He is married and has two children.
Gorecki started with the DNR in 2007 after serving two years with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff. He has also served for the last six years as a part-time deputy with the Lake of the Woods Sheriff’s Department. Gorecki is married and has three children.
Martin started with the DNR in 2007 after serving with the Fargo Police Department. Prior to his law enforcement career Martin taught school at the West Fargo School District. He served four months as the field officer in International Falls, before transferring to the St. Cloud station. At present, Martin has been assisting at the Conservation Officer Academy at Camp Ripley, as well as a use of force instructor. Martin is married and has two children.