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Marine Fisheries - 050214 Maj Nelson Pinning

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Release: Immediate
Date: May 1, 2014
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Dean Nelson Promoted to Marine Patrol Major

MOREHEAD CITY — With nearly 19 years experience as a Marine Patrol officer, Dean Nelson knows his job – especially when it comes to fishing rules.

He knows the rules from memory, said Col. Jim Kelley.

“Not only can he tell you what the rule says, he can recite the administrative code number,” Kelley said. And he can tell you what page in the 285-page rulebook you can find it.

Nelson, most recently sergeant in the Central Marine Patrol District, received the golden oak leaves of a major in a pinning ceremony today at the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Headquarters in Morehead City.

He is now the second-in-command in Marine Patrol ranks, replacing Kelley, who was promoted to Marine Patrol colonel Feb. 1. The Marine Patrol major supervises all Marine Patrol field operations for the state.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” Nelson said. “It’s a whole new step in my career.”

Nelson said he wants to continue to focus on officer training to make sure the Marine Patrol is meeting its goal of fair and consistent enforcement of all regulations. He also wants to promote teamwork among the three Marine Patrol districts.

Nelson began his career with Marine Patrol in June 1995 in the Southern District, where he was a field officer in the Sneads Ferry area. In 1999, he transferred to Central District, where he patrolled the Down East communities of Carteret County.

He was promoted to sergeant in August 2011.

Prior to coming to Marine Patrol, he was a deputy with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department from 1991 to 1995.

Nelson was born and raised in Harkers Island, and graduated from East Carteret High School in 1984. He received his Basic Law Enforcement Training certificate from Carteret Community College in 1990.

He lives in Davis with his wife, Amy. He has two grown children, Michaela Nelson of Otway and Mason Nelson, an Airman 1st Class in the U.S. Air Force, currently deployed overseas. He also has one grandson, Easton Willis, 2, of Otway.

Nelson may be reached for comment at 252-808-8133 or at Forrest.Nelson@ncdenr.gov .

Download high resolution photographs of the pinning ceremony at portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/050214-maj-nelson-pinning-photos.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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