FWC recognizes captain, artist for outstanding work
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Media contact: Capt. Richard Moore, 850-410-0656; Wendy Dial, 850-519-4301 or 488-9477
Capt. Alan Richard dedicated his career of more
than 32 years to boating safety. Because of his many
accomplishments, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) recognized him Wednesday at the beginning of its
two-day meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute, northwest
The agency also recognized artist Brian Chamberlain
for his beautiful wildlife paintings and sculptures, which reflect
a deep understanding of the issues related to wildlife
The FWC's Richard spent so much time educating
himself, the public and other officers about boating laws and
safety that it's a wonder he also was able to devote time to his
wife, children, civic activities and hobbies, which include
recreational boating, snorkeling and scuba diving.
"He taught me a lot," said Col. Jim Brown, director
of the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement.
Before Richard retired in March, he worked in the
FWC General Counsel's office as an attorney representing the
agency's law-enforcement efforts. He was often behind the scenes
drafting rules and regulations, laying groundwork for safer boating
experiences. He also spent time explaining it all to the public and
to candidates at training academies.
His career started in 1977 as a law enforcement
officer in Dade and Broward counties. Richard transferred to
Northwest Florida in 1984. While working as a lieutenant and then a
captain, he earned a juris doctorate with highest honors in 1994
from the Florida State University College of Law and became the
Boating and Waterway Management Coordinator for the state of
Florida in 1999.
"Richard's vast experience and training, as well as
his degree in law, made him a valuable expert in boating law,"
Besides being a staff attorney for the FWC,
throughout his career Richard has been an instructor. He still
teaches law at FSU and classes at the Institute of Police
Technology and Management at the University of North Florida.
Richards also serves on statewide professional committees and
advisory councils, and is a member of the Boating Advisory Council.
The list of presentations and training he provided covers several
pages of his curriculum vitae.
One career highlight was being a leader in BUI
laws. In his "spare" time, Richards wrote or co-authored numerous
articles and manuals about boating laws and safety.
Chamberlain received a plaque for his outstanding,
real-to-life wildlife artwork, which helps people gain a greater
appreciation of Florida's rich wildlife heritage.
"As a youth, he participated in many out-of-doors
activities, and he caught the fever like all of us," said Greg
Holder, FWC assistant executive director.
Countless museum-goers have seen Chamberlain's
murals and sculptures. The artist grew up in Fort Green, near
Wauchula, where he began drawing at age 3 and developed an interest
in wildlife during his pre-teen years. To enhance his skills, he
received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and
conservation at the University of Florida. He painted murals and
created sculptures for habitats while working with the Florida
Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.
"Your sense of nature is marvelously portrayed in
your art," Commission Vice Chairman Richard A. Corbett added.
For the past five years, he has worked with the
South Florida Museum in Bradenton, creating more murals and
While at home near Monticello with his wife and two
children, Chamberlain creates more wildlife paintings and
sculptures, which grace many people's residences.