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New Department Law Enforcement Director Named

Salt Lake City (Dec. 13, 2017) – Capt. Doug McCleve, of the Utah Department of Public Safety has been named the new law enforcement director for the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He will assume his new position Jan. 2, following the retirement of current Law Enforcement Director, Sidney Groll.

In his new capacity, McCleve will work closely with DNR’s division leadership and section chiefs to oversee the department’s public safety efforts and law enforcement personnel, including wildlife conservation officers and state park rangers.  

“Many of our conservation officers and rangers have worked closely with Doug. He is also intimately familiar with other law enforcement personnel statewide and has great working relationships with his colleagues,” said DNR Executive Director, Mike Styler. “Sid served DNR well for 13 years and his experience is difficult to replace. Doug’s experience, professionalism and passion for natural resources related issues will be a tremendous asset to our department and will help us maintain strong working relationships with our partners and stakeholders.”

McCleve has served in many capacities during his 25 year career with the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol, including state trooper. Additionally, he has served as a public information officer, Sergeant of a field crew, Lieutenant at Salt Lake Community College and Captain for the past eleven years. He also served on Governor Mike Leavitt’s security detail.

McCleve has served most recently as the Bureau Commander of the State Communications Bureau, which includes six dispatch centers statewide. He is a 2015 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

“I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve the people of our great state for the past 25 years with the Utah Highway Patrol. I am honored by this new opportunity to continue in public service,” said McCleve. “I have a love and a passion for the outdoors and I am looking forward to working closely with the professional men and women at DNR.”

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