Jason Williams, the wild horse and burro compliance specialist for northern California is a Gary Cooper sort -- quiet and efficient.
He checks on adopted wild horses and burros to make sure they are being cared for by the adopter before issuing title to the animals. Occasionally, he has to take animals back because people find they cannot handle or afford them. When he is not checking on the care of adopted animals, he patrols an equestrian trail on his horse, Robo at least once a week. He is also a backup firefighter for BLM.
Upon graduation from River City High School in West Sacramento in 1992, Jason moved to Idaho and began working on various ranches throughout the state, where he gained experience and knowledge for working with and around livestock. He says he has always been interested in the wild horse and burro program, so when he saw a job announcement to work in the program, he applied for it. That was six years ago. He worked initially as a wrangler in the Susanville horse corral, eventually becoming the compliance specialist in Folsom.
Jason is single and lives in Placerville. Keeping with his love for the outdoors, when he is off duty he likes to go horseback riding in the Sierra Foothills, or go camping and hunting.