(Neb)-State Patrol Restructuring, Names First Female Major
LINCOLN - Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc has announced a restructuring of the agency's administration that splits command of the Field Services Division, the largest, into 3 regions.
The Western Region includes Troops D and E, headquartered in North Platte and Scottsbluff. Troop C in Grand Island and the Headquarters Troop in Lincoln comprise the Central Region, and the Eastern Region is Troop A in Omaha and Troop B in Norfolk.
Each region will be commanded by a major who will also have other areas of command responsibility such as Special Operations and Investigative Services.
The Western Field Services Major is Kyle Otte, former commander of the Panhandle's Troop E and the current Investigative Services Major. Investigative Services will be one of Otte's additional responsibilities.
Captain Brenda Konfrst, commander of Troop A in Omaha, has been promoted to be the Eastern Field Services Major as well as head of Special Operations and Capitol Security/Executive Protection.
Konfrst, a 27-year veteran of the NSP, became its first-ever female Troop Commander in 2014 after having been in both Field and Investigative Services and serving as a SWAT team member and a certified Drug Recognition Expert.
Colonel Bolduc says he's "tremendously proud" to promote Konfrst to major, saying she "without a doubt is ready for this new opportunity" after rising through the ranks with a decorated career
The Central Field Services Major, whose command includes the Patrol's Training Academy, will be filled at a later date.
The restructuring leaves intact the Administrative Services Division and its current head, Major Russ Stanczyk.
In a related item, NSP Public Relations Director Cody Thomas says Troop E should have a new captain in the next week or two.
The position has been vacant since Jamey Balthazor was demoted to sergeant as part of last year's investigation into "inappropriate conduct" by senior staffers during internal investigations.
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