A conservation warden’s job is a good one and he enjoyed it, said Barry Meister. He has just retired after holding the position in Portage County for 28 years, longer than anyone except Frank Hornberg, who was here 30 years (1920-1950).
For the moment, the county has only one warden, Jon Scharbarth, but another one is about to be named.
Meister grew up in Burlington in southeastern Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1982, joined the Department of Natural Resources and worked briefly in the state parks system before becoming a warden in 1984. He was stationed in Beloit before coming here in 1985, and for a time he was the county’s only warden.