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Wildlife agency names first Black chief of law enforcement
By Associated Press  
Published July 18, 2021

Col. Jerry Carter, a U.S. Army veteran (image from blackchristannews.com)

Col. Jerry Carter, a U.S. Army veteran, will oversee the work of 160 officers statewide.

Carter began his career with the department in 1988 as a conservation officer assigned to his home area of Leflore County.

Carter has served in many roles in the department, moving through the ranks as a boater and hunter education administrator, coordinator of communications, commander of the honor guard, emergency management coordinator and commander of the North Mississippi Law Enforcement Region.

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He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2018 from Mississippi Valley State University and is on track to complete all requirements for a master’s degree this year.

In a news release, Carter said he credits his achievement to God, family, friends, past and present colleagues and the sporting public of Mississippi.

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