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(Neb)-Ricketts Names Search Committee For NSP Supt

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/07/2017 07:31 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts has named a four-member committee to help him select a new Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent to replace Col. Brad Rice, who was fired late last month
 
     The committee is comprised of Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, who will serve as chairman; retired FBI agent Weysan Dun; former U.S. attorney Deb Gilg; and Hall County Public Defender Gerry Piccolo. They will seek out and vet candidates whose named will be submitted to Ricketts.

        Rice was fired last month in the midst of an internal review that found "inappropriate conduct" among senior staff in the handling of internal investigations.

      Lt Colonel Thomas Schwarten and 5 other employees were placed on paid administrative leave, with the Omaha World Herald later identifying two of them as Major Mike Gaudreault, head of Field Services and former commander of the Panhandle's Troop E, and Captain Jamey Balthazor, the current commander of Troop E.
 
     Officials have not disclosed everything found by the review, which began after officers were accused of changing their story about a crash during a high-speed chase last fall near Gordon that killed a South Dakota driver.


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