Originally from Canadensis, Pennsylvania – a small community in the northeastern part of the state – Brian Schaffer is now the boating law administrator for North Dakota. He joined the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in December 2015, filling the BLA position vacated when Nancy Boldt retired.
Previously, Brian had served as the Kansas Education and Outreach Coordinator for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. He earned his master’s degree in wildlife sciences from South Dakota State University and his bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Unity College in Maine. Brian is an avid fisherman and the majority of his recreational boating revolves around fishing lakes and river systems.
Brian said the first few month in his new position were busy but very encouraging. “I look forward to the opportunities that this position provides to serve the anglers and boaters of North Dakota,” he added.
Viewing life jackets, boating under the influence and cold-weather boating as top priorities, Brian says he plans to increase the number of life jacket loaner stations at public boat ramps and to increase the number of educational programs provided each year.
Barry Lucero has been boating recreationally for more than 50 years. While growing up in Northern Utah, Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado, he began boating at an early age with his father and uncles.
Barry has over 32 years of experience as a U.S. Department of Justice federal law enforcement criminal investigator and senior supervisory special agent as well as experience as a certified state of Colorado police officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in law enforcement and forensic studies. He also a graduated from the United States Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, where he was selected the Distinguished Graduate and valedictorian of his graduating class. He holds a certificate from the Johns Hopkins University for Executive Leadership and Organization, where his graduate level studies were focused on leadership and international studies.
Barry worked as a Senior U.S. Diplomat, Legal Attaché and Senior U.S. Policy Advisor while assigned at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and the U.S. Consulate General located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
From July 2009 until December 2015, Barry served as Unit Chief/Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge at Quantico. There, he directed and instructed curriculum and activities of basic agent training for newly hired DEA Special Agents as well as international law enforcement managers and leaders in Undercover Ops, Surveillance Ops, HUMINT Ops, Practical Field Applications, Field Craft, and Field Enforcement Operation programs. He also directed and instructed the above curriculum and activities at five international law enforcement training academies in the Far East, Central America, South America, Europe, and Africa.
Barry was selected as chief of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources’ Boating Safety and Law Enforcement Bureau in December 2015. He succeeded Toby Velasquez who accepted a promotion.
“My first months on the job have been an incredible experience,” said Barry.
He explained that when he first went to college, he was a Biology/Natural Resource major with a Law Enforcement minor. He had wanted to be a Park Ranger/Boating Officer since I he was a small boy. The economy as well as a hiring freeze during the mid-1980s shattered his hopes of being a Park Ranger/Boating Officer. So he flipped his major and minor, and a few weeks after graduating from college, he took a job as a large city police officer and the rest is history.
As the state’s BLA, he says he wants to get the word out to the public that wearing life jackets save lives. He also wants to raise awareness about the increasing incidence of boating under the influence cases overall and the significant impact that these incidents can have of the Recreational Boating community.
Lieutenant Colonel David Trader
Lt. Col. David Trader has worked in the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for over 26 years. He enjoys recreational boating education and enforcement activities, and he has worked on and around the waterways of West Virginia throughout his career.
David is an active Law Enforcement Boating Education Instructor. “Colonel Jenkins afforded me the opportunity to attend the BLA workshop in July 2015 in hopes of passing the torch. I was appointed the BLA this past January,” said Lt. Col. Trader. “Colonel Jenkins has represented the state well and I hope to be able to continue in his path. We have a good staff at Headquarters, and we have long enjoyed a positive working relationship with both NASBLA and the Coast Guard. I expect a smooth transition with such great networking in place,” he added.
David is a big proponent for public outreach and education. He explains, “Law enforcement is a necessity and I advocate a proactive approach combined with public support to make our waterways safer. I have attended US Power Squadron and USCG Auxiliary classes as an officer and have a great respect for their educational programs. It is my hopes to further our partnerships and advance our mission to protect West Virginia waters and it users.”