Sgt. Mike Burgamy of the Gainesville office of Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has been chosen as the DNR’s Supervisor of the Year.
Burgamy oversees DNR law enforcement in Hall, Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties, including Lake Lanier. The 15-year veteran began serving as sergeant in 2005.
While covering the two empty ranger positions in Hall County in the past year, Burgamy answered 60 complaints totaling almost 100 hours and was involved in 10 search-and-rescue incidents.
"Sgt. Burgamy is dedicated to serving Georgia’s citizens while protecting our natural resources," says Lt. Col. Homer Bryson of the Wildlife Resources Division. "He is charged with protecting citizens utilizing one of the state’s most heavily-populated resources, Lake Lanier, and is persistent in working above and beyond job duties and expectations."
Burgamy is an experienced conservation ranger and also serves as an instructor for the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. He is certified in emergency vessel operation tactics, verbal judo, standardized field sobriety tests and defensive tactics.
Burgamy has served for 10 years on the board of the Hall County Safe Kids program, which provides free flotation devices to boaters. He also serves as one of only two drug recognition experts in the department.
Burgamy recently completed the Professional Management Program at Columbus State University. He was recognized in years past as Boating Safety Officer of the Year in 2004 and Ranger of the Year for the Gainesville office in 1997 and 1998.