TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognized Franklin County Assistant State Attorneys Jarred Paterson and Robin Myers on Thursday at its Commission meeting in Apalachicola.
Paterson and Myers, who work in Florida’s Second Judicial Court, were selected as co-recipients of the Prosecutor of the Year award by the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement.
The Commissioners praised the attorneys, thanking them for standing up for Florida’s fish and wildlife and the local community.
“We are fortunate to have these two working closely with our officers,” said Col. Jim Brown, director of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “They consistently strive to communicate with our staff and better understand managing fish and wildlife.”
Paterson and Myers have been instrumental on a wide range of cases. They have sought fair and impartial prosecutions for felony drug, driving and boating under the influence and misdemeanor wildlife cases. They have also worked diligently on recreational and commercial fisheries violations.
“Their efforts include the prosecution of oyster poachers who threaten the legal oyster industry and the quality of products for which the area is known,” Brown said.
The FWC says Paterson’s and Myers’ proactive efforts are making the communities in northwest Florida a better place.