TFC Michael Murriell
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 14, Ashland
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New Post Commander for Post 14, Ashland
Date of News Release: 07/02/2012
(Ashland, KY) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland has a new Post Commander. On July 1, 2012, Greenup County native James Stephens reported for duty at his former assigned post of Ashland. Stephens, a 13 year veteran of the Kentucky State Police with 17 years in total law enforcement, was assigned to Post 14 Ashland upon completion of the State Police Academy in 1999. He was promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant and remained assigned to Post 14. In September 2011, Stephens was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Post Commander for Post 15 Columbia.
Captain Merrell Harrison, former commander of Post 14, was promoted to the rank of Major and transferred to Headquarters as the East Troop Commander.
Captain Stephens stated he was glad to get back home and wants to ensure the citizens of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lawrence Counties that they will get the same quality service and response as they have in the past. Stephens' primary concern is the safety of our citizens. Stephens's overall goals are to prevent, reduce, and deter crime; enhance highway safety through education and enforcement; and the safeguarding of property and individual rights of the citizens in our region. "We have to stick with the state police's basic principles and objectives to be operationally efficient…that is what I intend to do", added Stephens.