MADISON - Conservation Warden Rick Rosen has been named regional warden for the 19-county Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources West Central Region.
Rosen was tapped by Chief DNR Conservation Warden Randy Stark for the region's top warden position, vacated in 2012 by Warden Mark Burmesch, who now serves as the Bureau of Law Enforcement's business manager.
"The candidate pool for the West Central Region Regional Warden position was outstanding," Stark said, adding the decision was difficult and exciting. "It was difficult because the quality of all the candidates was great, and it was exciting because we knew the final choice is going to help put the department and the Bureau of Law Enforcement warden service in a position to advance well into the next decade. Rick's law enforcement and relationship building skills, knowledge and abilities will do that for us."
Rosen started his career with the DNR as a limited-term employee park ranger in 1994. In 1996, Rosen became a special warden and a permanent City of Baraboo patrol officer. In 1999, Rosen was hired as a field conservation warden and spent most of this field time in St Croix County until he was promoted to warden supervisor for the Spooner warden team in 2008.
"I am excited to serve the West Central Region and look forward to starting this new position," Rosen said.
Rosen officially will start his new duties sometime in January as he transitions out of his warden supervisor role in the DNR Northern Region. He plans to move to the West Central Region and will be based out of the DNR Eau Claire headquarters.
The 19 counties of the DNR West Central Region are: Adams, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Vernon and Wood.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Warden Supervisor Rick Rosen, 715-635-4151; Joanne M. Haas, Bureau of Law Enforcement public affairs manager, 608-267-0798