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Governor Patton Appoints Pat Simpson
as KSP Commissioner

(FRANKFORT, KY) - Governor Paul Patton today appointed Pat Simpson, a veteran with almost 30 years of experience in law enforcement, as Commissioner of the Kentucky State Police.

"Pat was the overwhelming choice for this job because of his knowledge and proven loyalty to KSP and to those citizens it serves." Patton said. "He has made a lifelong commitment to this agency and to the law enforcement profession in this state."

Simpson, 50, will replace Justice Cabinet Sec. Ishmon Burks who was acting KSP Commissioner while serving in his newly appointed position as cabinet secretary, which he took April 25. Burks was first appointed to KSP commissioner on Aug. 22, 2000 and became the first African-American in that position.

"Pat clearly has the experience and know-how to operate Kentucky's lead law enforcement agency," Sec. Burks said. "He was a tremendous help to me when I first started in that position back in 2000, and I know he will continue to advance KSP's immaculate reputation and work ethic that has made this agency the best of the best."

Simpson started with the state police as a Trooper at the Hazard Post on Jan. 18, 1973. He worked there for more than 10 years before being transferred to the Governor's Executive Security Detail in 1984. He remained in that position until 1998 when he was appointed Deputy KSP Commissioner before retiring in November 2000. The last two years, Simpson has worked as Special Executive Assistant to Gov. Patton.

Simpson, a Hindman native, attended Pikeville College and Eastern Kentucky University. He has three children: John, Ryan and stepdaughter Lauren, and currently lives in Frankfort with his wife Laura.

"This is a great honor for me. To be appointed head of the agency I dedicated my life to is an amazing accomplishment, not only for me but for all the other troopers who want to make the same commitment as I did 30 years ago and advance through the ranks," Simpson said.

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