Ryan Hunter


Personal and Professional Information  

I was employed from January 2010 until August of 2016 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a State Game Warden. During this time I was stationed in the Moore and Sherman counties duty station located in the northern Texas panhandle area. As a State Game Warden I was a certified Texas State Peace Officer and subsequently have a great deal of experience in the criminal justice field of law enforcement. During my tenure as a Texas Game Warden I was selected by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) Texas State Game Warden of the Year in October of 2012. I currently hold Advanced Peace Officer, Basic Instructor, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). I am currently employed as a Reserve Police Officer by the City of Tye (TX) Police Department.

Prior to being employed as a Texas Game Warden I worked as a certified Juvenile Detention Officer at the Taylor County, Texas Juvenile Justice Center from January 2009 until December of 2009. As a certified Juvenile Detention Officer I gained occupational experience in the field of corrections within the criminal justice system.

I currently live in Abilene with my wonderful wife of over five years, Paw Wah Hunter, and our daughter Emerson Hunter. Paw is originally from Thailand and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was eighteen years old. She along with the other members of her family were impoverished refugees living near the Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand border area in a large camp prior to being given the opportunity to move to the United States.


I graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree in May of 2009 with magna cum laude honors. My major was criminal justice with a specialty of police science and my minors were sociology and psychology.

I graduated with distinction from Capella University with a Master of Science degree in public safety and homeland security studies in April of 2014. My major focus while earning my master's degree from Capella University was public safety studies which included topics within the criminal justice field such as law enforcement and correctional systems. My minor focus was homeland security and terrorism studies.

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