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Bureau of Land Management
For Release: Tuesday, August 5, 2003

 

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BLM Names William Woody as New Head of Law Enforcement

William Woody of Salt Lake City has been named Director, Law Enforcement, Security and Protection for the Bureau of Land Management, BLM Director Kathleen Clarke announced today. Woody currently serves as Law Enforcement Director of Utah’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where he coordinates law enforcement operations for 160 officers.

“William Woody brings vast experience to this BLM position as both a law enforcement director and investigator,” Clarke said. “He understands the issues BLM rangers and investigators face in ensuring public safety and protecting public land resources. He will be a strong addition to our Agency’s leadership team.”

As Law Enforcement Director for Utah’s DNR, Woody oversaw all aspects of the law enforcement office, including criminal and administrative investigations and training. Woody was also the lead investigator for Utah’s Homeland Security Task Force, which was responsible for investigating threats and suspicious activities related to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Prior to his service at the DNR, Woody worked as a captain, investigator and conservation officer for Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources; as a patrol officer in the Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department; and as a sheriff’s deputy in Rich County, Utah.

Woody, who begins his new position at the BLM on September 7, earned Bachelor of Science degrees in criminal justice from Weber State University and outdoor recreation from Utah State University.

The BLM, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, manages more land – 261 million surface acres -- than any other Federal agency. Most of this public land is located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1.9 billion and a workforce of some 10,000 full-time, permanent employees, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on the public lands.