The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced several recent promotions in its Division of Enforcement.
Conservation Officer Alex Gutierrez was promoted to second lieutenant and named the new metro Regional Training Officer (RTO), overseeing DNR Enforcement’s safety education programs in Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Rice, Scott, and Wright counties. Gutierrez had been serving as a field conservation officer in Forest Lake.
Prior to joining the DNR in 2006 he spent four year as a police officer in West Palm Beach, Florida. Before beginning his law enforcement career he worked 10 years for IBM.
Another conservation officer was promoted when Jon Paurus was named the northwest RTO, servicing Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Roseau, Red Lake, Wadena, and Wilkin counties. He had been the conservation officer in the Alexandria field station.
Paurus, a former trooper with the Minnesota State Patrol who joined the DNR in 2009, spent a large part of 2011 as the acting northwest RTO.
Conservation Officer David Schottenbauer was promoted from the Princeton field station to second lieutenant and named Assistant Training Coordinator/Academy Director.
Schottenbauer joined the DNR in 2005 after spending three years as a deputy with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department. He is a U.S. Navy veteran. In his new role he will coordinate, administer, and supervise training of the DNR Conservation Officer Academy to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, policies, and directives.
(PHOTO: From the left, 2nd Lt. Jon Paurus, Col. Jim Konrad, 2nd Lt. Alex Gutierrez, 2nd Lt. Dave Schottenbauer, Minnesota DNR – Division of Enforcement)