Trooper Jonathan Biven
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Kentucky State Police
Post 3, Bowling Green
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Four KSP officers promoted, remain at Bowling Green Post
Three other promoted officers transfer to the post
Date of News Release: 09/02/2005
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2005) - Four Kentucky State Police officers recently were promoted and remain assigned to the Bowling Green Post, a promoted officer at the post was reassigned and another officer transferred to the post.
William Payton was promoted to captain and remains at the post in his new capacity as post commander. A 14-year KSP veteran, Payton has been assigned to the Bowling Green Post except for one year when he was assigned to the Madisonville Post.
He is a 1978 Caverna High School graduate and a 1982 graduate of Western Kentucky University.
Payton, his wife, Pam, and their three children reside in Horse Cave.
Scottie Ward was promoted to lieutenant and Kevin Pickett and Henry Tucker Carmichael IV were promoted to sergeant. All three remain at the Bowling Green Post.
Ward has been with the KSP for 14 years. During his career, he's also worked at the Mayfield and Dry Ridge Posts. A 1985 graduate of Butler County High School, Ward, his wife, Jamie, and three children live in Morgantown.
Pickett, who joined the KSP in 1995, also has worked at the Columbia Post during his career. He is a 1984 graduate of Barren County High School. He, his wife, Shannon, and his two children live in Glasgow.
Carmichael has been with the KSP for nine years and during that time also has been assigned to the Pikeville Post. A native of Lexington, VA, Carmichael was a 1986 graduate of West Springfield High School in Fairfax, VA. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1992 with a bachelor's degree and from Eastern Kentucky University in 1997 with a master's degree.
He, his wife, Alicia, and son reside in Bowling Green.
Three officers that received promotions have been transferred to the Bowling Green Post.
Keith Payne was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from the Henderson Post. A 12-year KSP veteran and former Owensboro Police Department officer, Payne had been assigned to the Henderson Post since joining the KSP.
Payne is a 1987 graduate of Whitesville Trinity High School in Daviess County and attended Owensboro Community College. He, his wife, Therese, and three children reside in Knottsville in Daviess County.
Brenton Ford was promoted to sergeant and also transferred from the Henderson Post. He has been with the KSP for six years, and during his career also has been assigned to the Morehead Post.
He is a 1986 graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School and a 1997 graduate of Brescia University in Owensboro. He, his wife, Tara, and two children live in Owensboro.
Thomas Walsh was promoted to sergeant and transferred from the Elizabethtown Post. Walsh, with the KSP for nine years, also has worked at the Henderson Post. A native of Gallatin County, Walsh graduated from Gallatin County High School and is a 1994 Eastern Kentucky University graduate.
He makes his residence in Elizabethtown with his wife, Laura, and three children.
Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Steve Pence complimented all 39 recently promoted officers for their efforts. "These men and women...have dedicated themselves to advancing the mission of the Kentucky State Police," said Pence. "On behalf of the Commonwealth, I want to commend the promotional recipients...for their commitment to public service and safety."
KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller cited the diligence that troopers must possess to be promoted. "These officers have dedicated countless hours of training, studying, testing, interviewing and otherwise maintaining the highest standards to take their place as leaders in the Kentucky State Police," said Miller. "Combined, these (39) officers have 427 years of experience. This collective understanding will come to bear as we continuously strive to best meet the law enforcement needs of Kentucky."