December 9, 2009
Nashville, Tennessee - The Shikar–Safari Club International
has honored Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Wildlife
Officer David Sexton as its Tennessee Wildlife Law Enforcement
Officer of the Year for 2009.
Sexton, who serves TWRA as a wildlife officer in Sevier County,
was presented the award by Jim Maddox, a representative of Shikar-Safari
Club International. The award presentation was made at the
December meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission
held at TWRA Region II Headquarters in Nashville.
The annual award from the conservation-based organization honors
the officer whose efforts during the year show outstanding
performance and achievement among TWRA law enforcement personnel.
Sexton’s selection for the honor is for his dedication,
professionalism, effectiveness, and demeanor with the public and
his fellow workers. He has served in Sevier County for 17 years.
In addition to his law enforcement duties, Sexton is involved in
many outreach programs. The hunter education program in Sevier
County continues to be a success and Sexton has helped certify
more than 500 students in the Sevier County school system. He also
organized and taught three other classes. He is also active in
boating education and has certified numerous young boaters in the
Other public outreach programs included a Scholastic Clay Target
Program (SCTP) event, two very popular church wildlife events, an
outdoor gun show, free fishing day events, and several summer camp
Along with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department, Sexton
coordinated a lake clean-up day on Douglas Lake. The project
helped promote Tennessee’s anti-litter campaign which helped
several miles of the lake’s shoreline to become litter free.
Sexton’s efforts to combat poaching and boating violations have
been evident. His more than 500 hunting and fishing contacts
resulted in 68 fish and game citations. Sharing a section of
Douglas Lake with two other counties, he performed more than 300
safety checks, issuing 35 citations. Sexton has the reputation of
being considerate, honest, fair and strives to leave a positive
image as a representative of TWRA.