New Head of IDNR Law Enforcement Div.

For Immediate Release: Dec 1, 2006: 
Governor appoints director of DNR Law Enforcement 

mike crider

The Governor has appointed Michael Crider the new director of the DNR Law Enforcement Division. Crider, formerly a lieutenant colonel in the law enforcement division, is now the colonel in charge of Indiana's conservation officers and civilian support staff. 
Crider began his career as a conservation officer 26 years ago in Hancock County where he served for over 17 years. Since then, he has been the commander of external education programs and leader of the education-training section. 

In February 2005 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel to serve as executive officer. "Mike Crider brings a variety of skills and experience to the director's office," said Gov. Daniels. "His background and familiarity with the staff and issues involved with running the law enforcement division make him a natural choice for the job." 

Crider's specialties include service as a covert and overt investigator, underwater search and recovery SCUBA diver and police Honor Guard team member. He is a graduate of the 213th session of the FBI National Academy and was recently selected to attend the 55th Session of the Law Enforcement Executives Seminar, a training session to enhance leadership skills for police executives. 

The top position in DNR Law Enforcement was left vacant after former director Robert Carter Jr.'s appointment to director of the DNR. 

Photo caption (L-R): Lt. Colonel Mike Crider and departing IDNR Director Kyle Hupfer