State DLNR names new resources enforcement chief
HONOLULU – Robert Farrell began work on Jan. 17 as the new enforcement chief for the state Department of Land & Natural Resources’ Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE).
DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “We are fortunate to have a leader who has extensive conservation enforcement experience both within our own agency and with other organizations tasked with protecting natural and cultural resources. In addition, Bob’s close ties to Hawaii, its people and as a respected DOCARE officer make him the perfect fit to lead the division.”
Farrell has more than 20 years of experience in the field of fish and wildlife enforcement. He retired in 2015 as assistant chief for the California Department of Fish and Game. After retirement, he went to work for DOCARE as a conservation officer on Hawai Island assigned to the Hilo District.
Farrell commented, “Working as a conservation officer is one of the best jobs you could ever have, and it’s a job that I love. But when the chiefs’ job became available, I knew it was my kuleana to step up and do what I could for DOCARE. I am very grateful for the opportunity and I look forward to working with our officers to protect the natural beauty and cultural resources of Hawaii for everyone.”
Farrell has a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University at Long Beach. He was born on Oahu and raised in California and Hawaii. He is married with two daughters.
DOCARE has more than 100 officers spread across the state. The division is responsible for enforcement activities of the department. Officers have full police powers and enforce all state laws and rules involving state lands, state parks, historic sites, forest reserves, aquatic life and wildlife areas, coastal zones, conservation districts, state shores, as well as county ordinances involving county parks.
The division also enforces laws relating to firearms, ammunition and dangerous weapons. It puts great emphasis on educating people on safe and lawful activities on public lands and in the ocean.