Longtime southern Oklahoma game warden Jay Harvey has been selected as the Shikar-Safari Club International 2018 Officer of the Year.


It is Harvey’s second time to receive the award after his previous selection in 2010. In winning the honor this year, the game warden becomes the only Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation game warden to win the award twice, a first in the agency’s 109-year history.


According to an ODWC news release, Harvey was honored by the agency during the regular Dec. 3, 2018 meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission in Oklahoma City.


Selected by his peers to receive the honor, Harvey was presented with a framed certificate and a commemorative metal plate by Shikar-SCI representatives Raegen Siegfried and Suzie Brewster. That presentation came after introductions and remarks had been made by Lt. Col. Nathan Erdman, assistant chief of law enforcement for ODWC.


Harvey began his career with ODWC in 1992, having now served 26-years as a game warden. Currently stationed in Atoka County, he was previously a game warden in Bryan and Choctaw Counties.


In winning the 2018 award, Harvey was recognized for his overall experience, dedication, efficiency, and effectiveness as a game warden. The Atoka County game warden was also praised for his teamwork and public outreach efforts.


Among the achievements that Harvey has accomplished in his career are such things as volunteering his time at the Wildlife Youth Camp since 1998; serving as the camp’s coordinator for many years; helping locate and rescue a 69-year old lost hunter in 2017 thanks to his familiarity with the McGee Creek Wildlife Management Area; and helping in the relief and rescue of more than 200 people near Houston, Texas last fall in the deadly aftermath of historic Hurricane Harvey.


With more than 100 game wardens employed statewide in eight law enforcement districts, ODWC says that officers like Harvey are among the most widely recognized members of the agency for citizens across the Sooner State.