WEST PLAINS, Mo. – When Justin Emery started his job as Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) agent for Wright County on Oct. 1, he began patrolling familiar territory. Emery's newly assigned county is in the heart of the part of the state he's known since childhood.
He grew up in Vanzant in nearby Douglas County and graduated from Cabool High School in Texas County. Emery replaces Keith Wollard, who transferred to fill a conservation agent vacancy in Polk County.