Paul Joyner selected as Forest Service Eastern Regional Patrol Commander

Contact(s): Cody Norris 573-341-7405

Rolla, MO. (July 6, 2018) – The Patrol Captain assigned to Mark Twain National Forest, Paul Joyner, has received a promotion.  Forest Service Eastern Region, consisting of more than 12 million acres spread across 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the East and Midwest, recently selected Joyner to be the Regional Patrol Commander.  This promotion places Joyner in charge of all uniformed law enforcement officers (LEs) working in the Eastern Region.

Born and raised in Doniphan, Missouri, Paul Joyner has served as the Zone Patrol Captain based out of the Mark Twain National Forest Supervisor’s Office since 2016; and he served as the Salem Ranger District Law Enforcement Officer from 2005 to 2016.  Joyner followed in the footsteps of his father, Richard Joyner, who served as police chief for Doniphan for many years until his retirement.

Joyner graduated from Doniphan High School, attended Three Rivers Community College, then Southeast Missouri State University (where he earned his Bachelors of Criminal Justice), and continued his education to earn a Masters of Education through William Woods University.  Joyner spent 13 years in the Missouri Army National Guard in the 1990s and 2000s.  He was also a police officer with the city of Cape Girardeau; and he served as a Missouri State Trooper in Willow Springs and Poplar Bluff, MO. 

Paul Joyner brought his extensive law enforcement experience to the Forest Service and trained and developed multiple officers during his time as Patrol Captain.  He not only supervised law enforcement on the Mark Twain National Forest, but also supervised LEs on the Shawnee National Forest (southern Illinois) and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (northern Illinois). 

As the Eastern Regional Patrol Commander, Joyner will use the experience he gained throughout his law enforcement career to continue supporting mission critical functions of the Forest Service.  “Law enforcement on public lands provides a unique set of challenges,” stated Joyner.  He continued, “I am very excited for this opportunity and also humbled to be given the responsibility of supervising law enforcement efforts across the Forest Service’s Eastern Region.”  Joyner continued, “I am committed to protecting the public as they enjoy their national lands and supporting my fellow LEs as they enforce the laws and regulations which safeguard our nation’s natural resources.”

“Along with being an excellent law enforcement officer, Paul has continually developed his leadership skills while working in his current position,” stated Sherri Schwenke, Forest Supervisor for the Mark Twain National Forest.  “We will miss Paul very much; but I am very pleased to see him continue to use his skills and abilities to move the agency in a positive direction through this promotion,” said Schwenke.

Joyner will be relocating to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, later this month to begin his newly assigned duties.  A job announcement will go out this week for the Southwest Zone Patrol Captain position which Joyner will be vacating.  Joyner encourages anyone that is interested in a law enforcement career to consider the Forest Service. 

“Although I’ve found all my years of service in law enforcement rewarding, working for the USDA Forest Service has been the most rewarding, and I expect that to continue,” said Joyner.

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Paul Joyner standing next to Forest Service Eastern Region Sign