Today, Governor Eric Greitens announced that Lt. Col. Sandra Karsten will be his pick for the Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. She will be the first female to take the top post in the state’s history. The announcement was made at the Highway Patrol headquarters, addressing the 104th Class of Recruits. The announcement was streamed via Facebook Live (announcement started at 19:30).
Governor Greitens reaffirmed his commitment to law enforcement and the Highway Patrol. He told the gathered recruits, “You represent a proud future of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and you stand in a long line and a proud tradition of men and women who have gone before you.”
Governor Greitens praised Lt. Col. Karsten for her exemplary work in law enforcement and her community engagement. “She has a distinguished 30 years of service, during which times she was recognized many times for her work on DWI enforcement and drug interdiction. She has risen from trooper to superintendent, and led, at each step, with courage and commitment.”
Lt. Col. Karsten said, “The Patrol is a great organization and I’ve had a passion for it since I was 17 years old. We have great people who are dedicated to providing service to the citizens we serve… As your colonel, I will listen first and then lead. I will work in such a way that is worthy of your trust and your confidence.”