(SD)-Asst Supt Promoted To Head SD Hwy Patrol
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem has promoted Major Rick Miller to be the next Superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol. The 43-year old Miller is currently assistant superintendent in charge of administrative services and special operations.
He will replace Col. Craig Price who was named Noem to be Secretary of Public Safety, the department that includes the Highway Patrol. Coincidentally, Price as superintendent promoted Miller to Major in 2013.
A transfer of command ceremony will be held at a later date during which Miller will be promoted to Colonel and become the agency's 14th Superintendent in its 82-year history. It currently has 193 state troopers and 85 civilian staff.
Price says Miller is ready to lead the Patrol, calling him "loyal, dedicated and hard-working (with) integrity and common sense, well regarded by Highway Patrol staff and other law enforcement agencies. Rick is ready to lead the Highway Patrol."
Miller says he's grateful for the confidence Price and Noem have shown in him, adding that his goal as superintendent is simple - give his troopers and motor carrier inspectors the support, training and resources needed so they can best serve the public and return home safely each night to their own families."
Miller, a Watertown native, is married with 2 sons and 2 stepsons. He served almost 7 years in the U.S. Marines Corps before joining the Highway Patrol 18 years ago, serving as both a trooper and as a police service dog handler.
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