Indiana Boating Law Administrator Elected NASBLA Chairman

By Taylor Matsko posted 22 days ago

Indiana Boating Law Administrator Elected NASBLA Chairman

(October 5, 2021)
During its 62nd annual meeting, held in Pittsburgh,Passing the Fid Pa., Sept. 26 – 29, 2021, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) elected Lieutenant Kenton Turner, Boating Law Administrator for Indiana, as chairman of the organization for the 2021-2022 year. He succeeds Captain Timothy Dunleavy, New Hampshire's Boating Law Administrator. NASBLA is a national nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

Turner graduated in 1988 from Vincennes University with an Associate of Science Degree in Conservation Law Enforcement. He began his career as a field officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division in 1992. Turner graduated in September 2016 from the FBI National Academy, 265th Session, at Quantico, Va., and graduated from the Police Executive Leadership Academy (PELA).

Lt. Turner has served as Indiana's BLA since 2013. Turner is the state’s representative to NASBLA and is responsible for being the voice of the state on boating safety matters. In 2013, Turner graduated from the NASBLA Leadership Academy and was elected to the NASBLA Executive Board in 2016, currently serving his sixth year as a member of the board. As a member of the NASBLA Executive Board, he is responsible for moving recreational boating safety forward through education, enforcement, training and policy development on a national level – to the benefit of all states and territories.

“Lt. Turner brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to the association,” said John Johnson, NASBLA Executive Director & CEO. “Through his involvement on the executive board and with many of our policy committees, Kenton has proven himself to be a strong and visionary leader,” Johnson added.

Lt. Turner resides in Trafalgar, Indiana with his wife of 37 years, Lori.

Other members of the board serving with Lt. Turner include:
  • Vice Chair – Susan Stocker, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Treasurer – Joe McCullough, Alaska Office of Boating Safety
  • Member-at-Large – Aaron Kerr, Wyoming Game & Fish Department
  • Member-at-Large – Curt Lewis, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Member-at-Large – Brian Bowles, Nevada Department of Wildlife
  • Immediate Past Chair – Tim Dunleavy, New Hampshire Department of Safety
1 comment


21 days ago

Congratulations Kenton!  Also to the rest of you fine deserving people!