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News Release

Gov. Bevin Recognizes Promotion of 75 Kentucky State Police Officers

Date of News Release: 09/11/2017

FRANKFORT, KY. (Sept. 8, 2017) -- Gov. Matt Bevin joined Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders to recognize the promotion of 75 agency officers at a ceremony held Sept. 7 in Lexington. Four majors, 12 captains, 20 lieutenants and 39 sergeants were commissioned.

Gov. Bevin advised the officers to lead by example.

“Lead with integrity and with a sense of urgency,” he said. “Live each day to the fullest and leave everything on the battlefield. Don’t ever let the day end without completing the task to the best of your ability. Above all else, do it as you would have it done to you. It’s the Golden Rule. You will influence this state for years to come. Kentucky is blessed to have you.”

Commissioner Sanders told the officers that leadership is an awesome responsibility and stressed the importance of passion: passion for the job, but compassion for people.

“It’s important to remember that we manage things, but we lead people,” he said. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not a bully; to be kind, but not weak; to be humble, but not timid and most of all, to be proud, but not arrogant.”

“When times get tough,” he added, “do your job professionally, have character and have integrity so the people who work with you look up to you for your leadership traits.”

Captain Phillip Burnett, Jr. was promoted to Major and transferred from the Operations Division, Post 10, Harlan to the Operations Division, East Troop.

Captain Nathaniel Day was promoted to Major, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Troop.

Captain Jeffrey S. Medley, was promoted to Major and transferred from Post 5, Campbellsburg to the Technical Services Division as Chief Information Officer.

Captain Thomas A. Pyzik was promoted to Major and transferred from the Operations Division, Special Operations Branch to the Administrative Division, Professional Support Troop.

Lieutenant John M. Dowdy was promoted to Captain and transferred from Post 8, Morehead, to the Internal Affairs Branch.

Lieutenant Timothy W. Adams, was promoted to Captain and transferred from Post 3, Bowling Green, to Post 2, Madisonville.

Lieutenant Bruce W. Button was promoted to Captain and will remain at the Special Operations Branch.

Lieutenant James R. Catron was promoted to Captain and transferred from Post 13, Hazard, to Post 10, Harlan.

Lieutenant Brenton L. Ford, was promoted to Captain and transferred from Post 2, Madisonville, to the Inspections and Evaluations Branch.

Lieutenant Marshall B. Johnson was promoted to Captain and will remain at the Supply Branch

Lieutenant Chadwick B. Mills was promoted to Captain and will remain at the Operations Division, Critical Incident Response Team.

Lieutenant Jeremy E. Murrell was promoted to Captain and will remain at the Electronic Crimes Branch.

Lieutenant Lawrence C. Newton Jr. was promoted to Captain and will remain at the Criminal Identification and Records Branch.

Lieutenant Donald J. Shearer was promoted to Captain and will remain at Post 9, Pikeville.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Lieutenant Michael K. Simpson was promoted to Captain and will remain at CVE Region 3, Georgetown.

Lieutenant Daniel White was promoted to Captain and transferred from Post 4, Elizabethtown, to Post 12, Frankfort.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Sergeant Daniel E. Abner was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at CVE Region 3, Georgetown.

Sergeant David N. Archer was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred from Special Operations, Canine Section to Post 2, Madisonville.

Sergeant Bradley M. Arterburn was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at the Recruitment Branch.

Sergeant Howard P. Blanton was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at the Criminal Identification and Records Branch.

Sergeant Justin P. Cornett was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at Post 9, Pikeville.

Sergeant Shawn E. Darby was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred from the Academy Branch to Post 12, Frankfort.

Sergeant Brian C. Duvall was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at Post 1, Mayfield.

Sergeant James H. Goble was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at the Operations Division, Critical Incident Response Team.

Sergeant David K. Holland was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred from Post 12, Frankfort to the Criminal Identification and Records Branch.

Sergeant Christopher C. Hicks was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at Post 9, Pikeville.

Sergeant Jeffrey D. Jenkins was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at Post 4, Elizabethtown.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Sergeant Kenny N. Johnson was promoted to Lieutenant and remains at the CVE Program Support Branch.

Sergeant Scott A. Lengle was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at the Operations Division, Critical Incident Response Team.

Sergeant Robert V. Motley was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain at the Vehicle Investigations Branch.

Sergeant Bryan A. Powell was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred from Post 14, Ashland to Post 4, Elizabethtown.

Sergeant Derek A. Smith was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred from Post 1, Mayfield to Post 2, Madisonville.

Sergeant Jeremy W. Smith was promoted to Lieutenant and will remain Post 3, Bowling Green.

Sergeant Kenneth S. Wall was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred from the Facilities Security Branch to Post 12, Frankfort.

Sergeant Rodney G. Wren was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred from the Eastern Laboratory Branch to Post 6, Dry Ridge.

Sergeant Jimmy W. Young was promoted to Lieutenant and transferred from Special Operations, Canine Section to the Cannabis Suppression Branch.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer II Aaron C. Alexander was promoted to Sergeant and remains at CVE Region 4, London.

Trooper First Class Jimmy D. Anderson was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 9, Pikeville to Post 3, Bowling Green.

Senior Trooper Christopher R. Baker was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 16, Henderson.

Trooper First Class Jared L. Boggs was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 10, Harlan.

Senior Trooper Charles A. Bolin was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 8, Morehead to Post 9, Pikeville.

Senior Trooper Joshua W. Brashears was promoted to Sergeant and is transferred from the Public Affairs Branch to the Electronic Crimes Branch.

Trooper First Class Jason P. Brown was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from West Drug Enforcement Special Investigations to Post 12, Frankfort.

Trooper First Class Christopher M. Burton was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from the Special Operations Branch to the Academy Branch.

Executive Security Officer II Benjamin N. Campbell was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from the Executive Security Branch to the Eastern Laboratory.

Senior Trooper Joseph A. Dials was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 13, Hazard to Post 12, Frankfort.

Trooper First Class Eric M. Dilback was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 1, Mayfield.

Trooper First Class Jonathan H. Dixon was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 9, Pikeville to Post 6, Dry Ridge.

Senior Trooper Morris W. Farris was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 15 Columbia.

Senior Trooper Donnie W. Foley was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 11, London to Post 7, Richmond.

Trooper First Class Raymond D. Foley was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 11, London to Post 7, Richmond.

Trooper First Class John M. Gabbard was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 9, Pikeville.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer II Brandon M. Goodman was promoted to Sergeant and remains at CVE Region 1, Henderson.

Trooper First Class John B. Hawkins was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 12, Frankfort.

Senior Trooper Mitchel S. Hazelett was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at the Electronic Crimes Branch.

Senior Trooper John M. Hindman was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 5, Campbellsburg to the Criminal Identification and Records Branch.

Master Trooper Bret A. Kirkland was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at the Academy Branch.

Trooper First Class Joshua S. Lawson was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 5, Campbellsburg to the Public Affairs Branch.

Master Trooper Jeremy D. Mabe was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 4, Elizabethtown.

Senior Trooper Jonathan C. McGehee was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 2, Madisonville.

Trooper First Class Jeffrey W. McWhorter was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 13, Hazard to Post 1, Mayfield.

Senior Trooper Jeremy C. Moore was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 6, Dry Ridge.

Senior Trooper Steven C. Mounts was promoted to Sergeant, Unit #147, and will remain at Post 9, Pikeville.

Trooper Senior Stephen C. Oughton was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 4, Elizabethtown to Post 3, Bowling Green.

Trooper First Class Billy C. Pollard was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 13, Hazard.

Trooper First Class Mark E. Sallin was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at the Aircraft Branch.

Trooper First Class Emilio M. Soto was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from the Academy Branch to Post 5, Campbellsburg.

Trooper First Class Derek R. Sturgill was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 9, Pikeville to Post 5, Campbellsburg.

Master Trooper Joseph A. Veeneman was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 8, Morehead to Post 6, Dry Ridge.

Facilities Security Officer II Connor E. Walsh was promoted to Facilities Security Sergeant.

Senior Trooper Donald B. White was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 13, Hazard to Post 6, Dry Ridge.

Trooper Senior Joshua C. Whitton was promoted to Sergeant and will remain at Post 6, Dry Ridge.

Master Trooper Bobby G. Winters was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 2, Madisonville to Post16, Henderson.

Senior Trooper Joseph M. Zalone was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 8, Morehead to Post 1, Mayfield.

Senior Trooper Patrick A. Zalone, II was promoted to Sergeant and transferred from Post 8, Morehead to Post 5, Campbellsburg.