Assistant Director for Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Keynote speaker for CMC’s Colorado Law Enforcement Training Academy (at Spring Valley, though students in this class hail from law enforcement agencies in Eagle County, Summit County, Steamboat Springs, Chaffee County and Pitkin County)
Heather Dugan is assistant director for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, overseeing the Field Services Branch of the agency. She leads commissioned and noncommissioned staff in law enforcement and public-safety-related operations including the recreational boating safety program, trails program, law enforcement records, and training and investigations associated with protecting Colorado’s wildlife and parks. She is the first woman to hold this position at Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Born in Colorado, she grew up as a free-range outdoor kid. Dugan earned her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University in wildlife biology in 1992, and has worked for the agency for 28 years as a ranger, training officer, park manager, assistant region manager, region manager and assistant director. She and her husband Sean have 15-year-old twins, Tessa and Rafe, and an 11-year-old son, Jackson. McLaren and her family enjoy the diverse outdoor experiences Colorado has to offer, including hunting, fishing, hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain biking and skiing.