Three Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers have accepted new positions within the Enforcement Division.
Capt. Tom Provost is the new northeast region enforcement manager based in Grand Rapids, replacing Col. Ken Soring who was named DNR enforcement director in June. The northeast region includes 55 conservation officers within six enforcement districts covering 11 counties in northeastern Minnesota.
Provost was formerly the standards and training manager at the DNR enforcement training center at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.
Provost began his DNR career in 1989 as a research assistant in the DNR’s wildlife wetlands research group before becoming a conservation officer in 1991. He was promoted to district supervisor in the Brainerd area in 1998 and named training manager last year.
Capt. Stacey Sharp is the new northwest region enforcement manager based in Bemidji. The northwest region includes 37 conservation officers within four enforcement districts covering 23 counties in northwestern Minnesota.
Sharp was a Nebraska state trooper from 1983-2005. He joined the DNR in 2006, serving in the Bemidji and Thief River Falls field stations before being named Bemidji area enforcement supervisor in 2012. He replaces Capt. Jim Dunn who is now enforcement’s grants manager.
1st Lt. Jeff Koehn, a former police officer, is the new DNR District 7 enforcement supervisor in Grand Rapids, replacing 1st Lt. Dave Olsen who recently retired. District 7 includes nine conservation officers covering Koochiching, Itasca, and Aitkin counties.
A lifelong hunting, fishing, and camping enthusiast, Koehn has been with the DNR since 2006. Previous assignments include the northeast regional ATV officer and the DNR Enforcement Division’s representative for the forest certification audit process. Koehn was named the DNR District 6 enforcement supervisor in Dec. 2010, and later the District 8 enforcement supervisor.