RALEIGH, N.C. (Dec. 27, 2012) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Robert Sharpe to captain for District 5, where he will manage enforcement operations for hunting, inland fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs. He will supervise 18 wildlife officers and a hunter education specialist in Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Person, Orange, Granville and Durham counties.
Sharpe was previously a lieutenant in District 5 and brings more than 10 years of supervisory experience to his new position. His predecessor, Billy Holland, recently retired.
“These 11 counties have a diversity of wildlife habitats like none other and there are so many outdoor opportunities to be enjoyed,” said Capt. Sharpe. “I look forward to my new role here, and count on the support of my colleagues and my fellow sportsmen.”
Sharpe is a native of Davidson County and holds a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Haywood Community College. He and wife Rustina reside in Timberlake with their children, Caleb, 10, and Avery Marie, 7. He is an active member of Berry’s Grove Baptist Church where he serves in several leadership positions. He also is the Webelos den leader for Pack 467 in Hillsborough.
Sharpe, who has been with the Commission for 23 years, began his career as a wildlife technician before becoming a wildlife officer.
“His strong sense of community and proven leadership abilities are a great asset for conservation and public safety in the region,” said Col. Dale Caveny, chief of the Division of Law Enforcement of the Commission. “Capt. Sharpe is known throughout the district, and the state for that matter, for his work with hunting education and youth programs.”
Sportsmen and the public can assist wildlife officers in their duties by reporting violations anytime by calling 1-800-662-7137. Callers can remain anonymous.