The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW) recently honored employees Chad Stewart, Brian Cripe, Susan Pierce and Randy Lang for excellence in job performance in 2011.

Stewart, from Spencer, DFW’s statewide deer management biologist, won the Biologist of the Year award. His work with Indiana’s sportsmen, communities, citizens, landowners and DFW staff resulted in the new administrative rules for deer hunting. Stewart also helped develop the GiveIN Game program, which enables hunters to connect with people wanting venison. Stewart is a five-year employee of the DFW and is stationed in Bloomington.

Cripe, from Syracuse, an equipment operator for the DNR Public Access Program, won the Laborer of the Year award. His mechanical repair skills have saved the state thousands of dollars through in-house repairs. Cripe has worked for the DFW for three years, and is stationed in Syracuse.

Pierce, from Lafayette, a clerical assistant, won the Secretary of the Year award. Pierce provides technical support for private lands biologists, environmental biologists, and forestry personnel. Pierce has worked for the DFW for eight years, and is stationed in West Lafayette.

Randy Lang, from Zionsville, DFW’s statewide hatcheries supervisor, won the Program Manager of the Year award. Lang directed the production of 20 million fish in 2011. He also helped with federal aid work, permitting, and developing the fishing guide. Lang has worked for DFW for 33 years and is stationed in Martinsville.

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