The CRITFC Enforcement has promoted Russell Spino to the rank of sergeant. Spino is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. He was first hired as a patrol officer in 2001 and served as a fisheries officer until 2004. He was then assigned, in addition to duties as a fisheries officer, to be the cultural resource protection patrol officer and investigator. In 2011, Spino was moved from the cultural resource protection assignment to the BIA Columbia River In-lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Site Law Enforcement Program. In 2005, he completed the BIA Criminal Investigator training at the federal law enforcement training center in Georgia and has been the lead defensive tactics instructor for the department since 2010. Spino was named the 2013 Conservation Officer of the Year by the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society and was voted by his peers as the 2012 Columbia River Inter-Tribal Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Sergeant Spino said, “I became an enforcement officer because as a tribal citizen it is important to me to protect and conserve our First Foods. I am really honored to take on a leadership role to help carry on CRITFE’s mission. I see that I can do more to help influence the future of CRITFE.”
Department Chief Mitch Hicks commented, “I have observed over the years as Officer Spino has prepared himself for this position. I have no doubt that he will continue to work hard and achieve many more of his career goals.”