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North Dakota Highway Patrol's Top Trooper Announced

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Governor Dalrymple announces his appointment of Major Michael Gerhart Jr. as Superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Gerhart began his career with the highway Patrol in 1992.

In the past he served as Director of the Law Enforcement Training Academy and Field Operations Commander.

Gerhart will receive a promotion to colonel.

He will direct the Highway Patrol's 168 troopers and manage a two-year budget of $61 million.

He says he understands the increased need for law enforcement presence in the oil patch.

"We realized activities increased in the west. We have been very fortunate to be able to place more troopers in the west. With the support of Governor Dalrymple and the legislative body; over the last two sessions, we had 21 added troopers to the state--and they have a positive impact when it comes to traffic safety." says Major Michael Gerhart Jr.

Gerhart replaces Col. James Prochniak who after 27 years of service, is retiring as of July 1st.

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