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Kentucky State Police Promotes 52 Officers

Date of News Release: 09/30/2015

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky State Police recognized the promotion of 52 officers throughout the state at a ceremony held today at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Lexington. Three lieutenant colonels, four majors, eight captains, 13 lieutenants and 24 sergeants were commissioned.

Major Michael P. Crawford was promoted to lieutenant colonel and transferred to the Operations Division, as Director of Operations. A resident of Georgetown, Crawford is a 32-year veteran of the agency.

Major Scott Miller was promoted to lieutenant colonel and transferred from the Operations Division, Special Enforcement Troop, to the Administrative Division. A resident of Lexington, Miller is an 18-year veteran of the agency.

Major James Curtis O'Bannon was promoted to lieutenant colonel and transferred from the Operations Division, East Troop, to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. O'Bannon is an 18-year veteran of the agency.

Captain Robert A. Shoultz was promoted to major and transferred from Post 16 (Henderson) to the Operations Division, West Troop. A resident of Henderson, Shoultz is a 17-year veteran of the agency.

Capt. Sean P. Welch was promoted to major and transferred from Post 9 (Pikeville) to the Operations Division, East Troop.

Capt. Steven J. Long was promoted to major and transferred from the Special Operations Branch to the Special Enforcement Troop.

Capt. Christian Matthew Feltner was promoted to major and transferred from the Operations Division, Special Enforcement Troop, East Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations Branch to the Administrative Division, Professional Support Troop. A resident of Hyden, Feltner is a 17-year veteran of the agency.

Lt. Kenneth K. Bowman was promoted to captain and will remain at Post 8 (Morehead). A resident of Ezel, Bowman is a 16-year veteran of the agency.

Lt. Darren S. Stapleton was promoted to captain and transferred from Post 9 (Pikeville) to Post 7 (Richmond). A resident of Prestonsburg, Stapleton is an 18-year veteran of the agency.

Lt. Howard R. Rice was promoted to captain and transferred from Post 5 (Campbellsburg) to the Driver Testing Branch. A resident of Bethlehem, Rice is an 18-year veteran of the agency.

Lt. Christopher D. Steward was promoted to captain and transferred from Post 7 (Richmond) to the Internal Affairs Branch.

Lt. James D. Heller was promoted to captain and will remain at Post 15 (Columbia). A resident of Magnolia, Heller is a 20-year veteran of the agency.

Lt. Michael T. Kidd was promoted to captain and transferred from Post 12 (Frankfort) to Post 16 (Henderson). A resident of Lexington, Kidd is a 17-year veteran of the agency.

Lt. Brent W. White was promoted to captain and transferred from Post 1 (Mayfield) to Post 2, Madisonville. A resident of Eddyville, White is a 17-year veteran of the agency.

Sgt. John Scott Felder was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Post 12 (Frankfort) to Post 11, London. A resident of Richmond, Felder is a 10-year veteran of the agency.

Sgt. Michael C. Rogers was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations East to the Facilities Security Branch as commander.

Sgt. Bruce W. Button was promoted to lieutenant and will remain at the Special Operations Branch. A resident of Shelbyville, Button is a 15-year veteran of the agency.

Sgt. Fredrick R. Cornett was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Post 15 (Columbia) to Post 12 (Frankfort).

Sgt. Lawrence C. Newton, Jr. was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Post 5 (Campbellsburg) to the Criminal Identification and Records Branch. A resident of LaGrange, Newton is a 17-year veteran of the agency.

Sgt. Jeffrey M. Lewis was promoted to lieutenant and will remain at Post 8 (Morehead). A resident of Vanceburg, Lewis is a 16-year veteran of the agency.

Sgt. Aaron R. Martin was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Post 8 (Morehead) to Post 14 (Ashland). A resident of Olive Hill, Martin is a 14-year veteran of the agency.

Sgt. Norman W. Preston, III was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from the Criminal Identification and Records Branch to the Academy Branch. A resident of Lexington, Preston is a 15-year veteran of the agency.

Sgt. Kevin L. Johnson was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Post 4 (Elizabethtown) to Post 5 (Campbellsburg).

Sgt. Donald J. Shearer was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations East to Post 9 (Pikeville). A resident of Banner, Shearer is a 14-year veteran of the agency.

Sgt. Charles D. White was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Post 3 (Bowling Green) to Post 1 (Mayfield). A resident of Clarkson, White is a 12-year veteran of the agency.

Sgt. David F. Trimble was promoted to lieutenant and will remain at Post 5 (Campbellsburg). A resident of Carrollton, Trimble is a 14-year veteran of the agency.

Facilities Security Sgt. Harry E. Rose was promoted to lieutenant. A resident of Lawrenceburg, Rose is an eight-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Trooper Bradly L. Stotts was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 15 (Columbia) to the Criminal Identification and Records Branch. A resident of Columbia, Stotts is a 10-year veteran of the agency.

Tpr. First Class Jerry (Jay) L. Perkins, Jr. was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 9 (Pikeville) to Post 12 (Frankfort). A resident of Whitesburg, Perkins is a 14-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Eric L. Gibson was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 14 (Ashland) to Post 5 (Campbellsburg). A resident of Ashland, Gibson is a 10-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Danny E. Caudill was promoted to sergeant.

Sr. Tpr. Bradley M. Arterburn was promoted to sergeant and will remain at the Recruitment Branch. A resident of Crestwood, Arterburn is a six-year veteran of the agency.

Tpr. First Class Paul Blanton was promoted to sergeant and transferred from the Public Affairs Branch to the Criminal Identification and Records Branch. A resident of Lancaster, Blanton is an 11-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Ryan T. Johnson was promoted to sergeant and will remain at Post 4 (Elizabethtown). A resident of Elizabethtown, Johnson is an eight-year veteran of the agency.

Tpr. First Class Brian S. Lee was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations East to Post 8 (Morehead). A resident of Van Lear, Lee is an 11-year veteran of the agency.

Tpr. First Class Hunter L. Martin was promoted to sergeant and will remain at the Collision Analysis Branch. A resident of Louisville, Martin is a 17-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Jonathan L. Vaughn was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 4 (Elizabethtown) to Post 15 (Columbia). A resident of Hodgenville, Vaughn is a 14-year veteran of the agency.

Tpr. First Class Scott A. Lengle was promoted to sergeant and will remain at Post 6 (Dry Ridge). A resident of Crittenden, Vaughn is a 14-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Zachary B. Thompson was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 7 (Richmond) to Post 12 (Frankfort). A resident of Irvine, Thompson is a 10-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Justin E. Sams was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 5 (Campbellsburg) to Post 12 (Frankfort). A resident of Frankfort, Sams is a 10-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Christopher T. Carter was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 14 (Ashland) to Post 6 (Dry Ridge). A resident of Louisa, Carter is a 10-year veteran of the agency.

Tpr. First Class Matthew Dusty Corbin was promoted to sergeant and will remain at Post 5 (Campbellsburg). A resident of Turners Station, Corbin is a 14-year veteran of the agency.

Tpr. First Class Jeremy W. Smith was promoted to sergeant and will remain at Post 3 (Bowling Green). A resident of Cave City, Smith is a 10-year veteran of the agency.

Tpr. First Class Eric L. Barnett was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 6 (Dry Ridge) to Post 5 (Campbellsburg). A resident of Georgetown, Barnett is an 11-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Jonathon N. Whittaker was promoted to sergeant and will remain at Post 16 (Henderson). A resident of Owensboro, Whittaker is a 10-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Jason T. Partin was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 10 (Harlan) to Post 5 (Campbellsburg). A resident of Barbourville, Partin is a six-year veteran of the agency.

Sr. Tpr. Joel A. Abner, was promoted to sergeant.

Sr. Tpr. John W. Barnett was promoted to sergeant and transferred from Post 11 (London) to Post 15 (Columbia).

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer First Class Travis J. Rogers was promoted to sergeant and will remain assigned to CVE Region 4 (London). A resident of Somerset, Rogers is a 16-year veteran of the agency.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer II Emily R. Horton was promoted to sergeant and transferred from CVE Region 3 (Georgetown) to CVE Region 2 (Louisville). A resident of Warsaw, Horton is an eight-year veteran of the agency.

Facilities Security Officer Brian K. Taylor was promoted to sergeant.