DLNR enforcement chief resigns after six months

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The head of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) is stepping down after just six months on the job.

Thomas “Tommy” Friel has been DOCARE Chief since Dec. 28, 2015. His resignation is effective June 27.

“Chief Friel helped move our resource conservation enforcement efforts forward by focusing on resource violations and on DOCARE officers not only as enforcers of Hawaii’s laws and rules, but also as protectors of our precious natural and cultural resources,” said DLNR Chair Suzanne Case. “I’m also grateful that under Chief Friel’s leadership the division supported stepped-up law enforcement presence and activities in the hugely popular Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, undertook internal reviews of operations, and led DoCARE’s investigations of natural resource violations.”

Friel joined DOCARE late last fall. Officials have not said why he decided to resign.

Friel has more than 28 years of experience in state and federal law enforcement, including 21 years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement, Pacific Island Division.

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