Captain Gary Klein works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement and is responsible for the Waterway Management team within the Boating and Waterways Section. He has served in this capacity since 2013. Gary was selected as Florida’s Boating Law Administrator in 2017. Previously, he served as a field Captain responsible for FWC’s law enforcement operations in Nassau, Duval (Jacksonville), Clay, Bradford and Baker Counties within Florida for seven years.
With more than 25 years of fish, wildlife and boating law enforcement experience, his current professional role includes oversight of Florida’s waterway management efforts. This involves coordinating with other state, local and federal agencies on boating restricted areas, participating in the development of state and federal boating-related legislation, and consensus-building with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Prior to joining the FWC, Captain Klein obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. While serving as an Officer with FWC, Captain Klein completed law school at Florida State University. He then served as a prosecutor in the 4th Judicial Circuit (Jacksonville).
Originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Gary has now lived in Florida for the last 28 years.