Top California Game Warden Retires After 25 Years

Nancy Foley, chief of the California Department of Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division, retired last Friday after serving the state for 25 years.

In one of her last official duties, Foley presided over the California Game Warden Academy graduation in Paradise.

“Chief Foley took California’s game wardens from under the radar to international acclaim,” said DFG Director Charlton H. Bonham. “She will be missed.”

Chief Foley spent 25 years in various capacities within the Law Enforcement Division. She was instrumental in raising the profile of California game wardens by securing better and more clearly marked patrol vehicles, developing the K-9 program and helping get National Geographic Channel’s Wild Justice, a show featuring California game wardens, to the airwaves.

Foley was selected recently as the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’  Professional of the Year for 2011. A link to the news release announcing that award and summarizing her career is available here.