The state Department of Natural Resources today added a new law enforcement officer to manage land in Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz and Clark counties.
Jim McCarthy swore his oath this morning at a brief ceremony.
He spent 25 years working for the Washington State Patrol before joining the DNR and filling a newly created position.
McCarthy’s patrol area includes thousands of acres of forested state trust lands and conservation areas, according to DNR.
DNR law enforcement is responsible for enforcing vehicle laws on state roads and trails, investigating wildfires and theft of natural resources and monitoring whether visitors are using the state’s Discover Pass.