§ 27-1-16. Establishment of a unit for game wardens, qualifications, appointment, and supervisory personnel, and retention of badge and weapon upon disability retirement.

CODE OF GEORGIA

Title 27. GAME AND FISH

Chapter 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Current through 2019-2020 Chapter 609

§ 27-1-16. Establishment of a unit for game wardens, qualifications, appointment, and supervisory personnel, and retention of badge and weapon upon disability retirement

(a) Within the department is established a unit of peace officers to be known as game wardens. All such game wardenss shall be at least 21 years of age. Such unit of peace officers shall include, but not be limited to, the commissioner and other supervisory personnel; provided, however, that the commissioner and the director of the division to which peace officer functions are assigned shall be excluded from the classified service as defined by Code Section 45-20-2 unless otherwise provided by law. The commissioner shall have the power to appoint such a number of game wardens of the state at large, as may be necessary to carry out the duties assigned to them, who shall be charged with the law enforcement responsibilities pertaining to the department.
(b) After a game warden has accumulated 25 years of service with the department as a peace officer and upon leaving such department under honorable conditions, such game warden shall be entitled as part of such officer's compensation to retain his or her weapon and badge pursuant to regulations promulgated by the commissioner.
(c) As used in this subsection, the term "disability" means a disability that prevents an individual from working as a law enforcement officer. When a game wardenleaves the department as a result of a disability arising in the line of duty, such game warden shall be entitled as part of such officer's compensation to retain his or her weapon and badge in accordance with regulations promulgated by the commissioner.

Cite as OCGA § 27-1-16

History. Amended by 2019 Ga. Laws 264, §7, eff. 7/1/2019.

Amended by 2012 Ga. Laws 630, §2-32, eff. 7/1/2012.

Amended by 2009 Ga. Laws 155, §2, eff. 5/5/2009.

Amended by 2005 Ga. Laws 19, §27, eff. 4/7/2005.

Amended by 2004 Ga. Laws 784, §2, eff. 7/1/2004.