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(Neb)-Report On NSP To Be Released At 3:00 MT News Conference -UPDATE

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/03/2017 11:35 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. - Governor Pete Ricketts and state Chief Human Resources Officer Jason Jackson will release Jackson's internal review of the Nebraska State Patrol triggered by allegations of  "inappropriate conduct" by senior staffers.

        Ricketts and Jackson are holding a new conference in the Capitol to give brief remarks about the findings and recommendations. Originally scheduled for 1:30 MT, it's been pushed back to 3:00 and will be streamed by Nebraska Educational Telecommunications on its website NETNebraska.org.

      The review was ordered following criticism of how the State Patrol handled a fatal crash last October in Sheridan County near Gordon that involved a high-speed chase and a trooper, and that initial reports were changed under pressure from higher-ups.

       The initial stages of the review resulted in Ricketts firing State Patrol commander Colonel Brad Rice and placing Assistant Superintendent Lt Colonel Thomas Schwarten and 5 other employees on paid administrative leave.

     Although no other names have been released by the governor, the Omaha World Herald has reported and individual troopers confirmed privately that those on administrative leave include head of field services and former Panhandle Troop E commander Major Mike Gaudreault, ABD current Troop E commander Captain Jamey Balthazor


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