Starke County will be getting a new conservation officer.
The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement held graduation ceremonies Friday in which Zachary Howerton of Marengo was assigned to the Starke County area. Nine other officers were also assigned to several conservation officer positions throughout the state.
Howerton underwent five weeks of initial training followed by 12 weeks of on-the-job training in the field with a veteran conservation officer. Training continues with a 15-week course at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy after which Howerton will report to his assignment to complete a one-year probationary period.