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Colonel J. Bret Johnson sworn in as Colonel

Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was sworn in at 10:30 a.m. on May 1, 2015, in his hometown of Unionville, MO, at the Putnam County Courthouse. The Honorable Gary Dial, First Circuit Court, administered the Oath of Office to the new colonel. The ceremony included a reflection on the Patrol’s 84-year history and remarks from the new colonel.

"I am honored and humbled to take the Oath of Office as the 22nd superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol," said Colonel J. Bret Johnson. "It is especially meaningful to take the oath in my hometown where my law enforcement career began over 30 years ago."

Johnson, a native of Unionville, was appointed to the Patrol in August 1986, and a member of the 58th Recruit Class. He served in assignments in Troop B (Macon, MO) and Troop F (Jefferson City, MO) before being assigned to General Headquarters as the legislative liaison. In 2007, he was promoted to major and served as the bureau commander for Support Services Bureau before transferring to the Field Operations Bureau. Governor Nixon nominated Johnson to become the Patrol superintendent on February 11, 2015, and he was confirmed by the Missouri Senate on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

"Bret Johnson has done an outstanding job throughout his career with the Patrol, including helping lead major Patrol operations," said Governor Nixon. "I am confident he will continue to command the Patrol with the same integrity and commitment that Colonel Ron Replogle provided in his five years of service to the citizens of Missouri as superintendent."

 
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