Bridger-Teton Couple Retires after 24-Years on the Forest

Release Date: Jan 4, 2012  

Jackson, Wyo. – A long-time husband and wife couple retires from the Bridger-Teton National
Forest this week with more than 24-years of service in the Jackson area alone. Bill and Judy
Shields have worked on the Bridger-Teton since 1987. They each held a variety of federal
positions while they lived in the Jackson area.
Bill was born and raised in southern Indiana, and upon graduation from college served four years
in the U.S. Air Force, both stateside and abroad. He and Judy’s paths crossed in Cheyenne,
Wyoming, where he was assigned as the Base Accounting and Finance Officer, and Judy was a
civilian employee in the Comptroller Division. They married in 1974, and soon thereafter,
moved to Great Falls, Montana. Bill took his first civilian job with the federal government at
Malmstrom Air Force base as an Auditor, and Judy worked in commercial banking. After two
years in Montana, they headed for the last frontier of Alaska for a variety of jobs in Juneau
lasting almost nine years. Bill worked for the U.S. Coast Guard as an Auditor/Systems
Accountant, and then the Federal Highway Administration as a Financial Specialist, before
accepting a job as a realtor. Judy was also employed by the U.S. Coast Guard in accounting and
later, as a Contracting Officer. She then accepted a position in Juneau with the U. S. Forest
Service as a Realty Specialist.
While living in Alaska they vacationed in Jackson in 1985 and 1986 and decided that Jackson
offered many of the same outdoor opportunities they enjoyed in Alaska, with the added benefit
that it was closer to aging parents. Accordingly, they moved to Jackson in the summer of 1987.
On the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Judy first worked in Budget and Finance as an
Accountant and then as the Budget Officer before assuming the role of the Grants and
Agreements Coordinator. Bill accepted a job in the engineering staff group in the facilities
management arena for the Forest. They have both been active in fire and emergency response
assignments, and plan on continuing this work after their retirement from federal service.
“We have been honored to have such dedicated employees as the Shields working on the
Bridger-Teton,” said Public Affairs Officer Mary Cernicek. “Their talents will be missed
amongst the Bridger-Teton family” she said.