Gov. Nixon names Maj. Ronald Replogle as new head of Highway Patrol

February 8, 2010
Governor praises Replogle, the commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and a 26-year Patrol veteran, as tough and smart
Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon today named Maj. Ronald K. Replogle as the new superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Replogle, a 26-year veteran who rose through the ranks to become commander of the Highway Patrol's Criminal Investigation Bureau, will become superintendent following the retirement of Col. James F. Keathley at the end of February."

Jefferson City, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon today named Maj. Ronald K. Replogle as the new superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Replogle (REPP-loh-gull), a 26-year veteran who rose through the ranks to become commander of the Highway Patrol's Criminal Investigation Bureau, will become superintendent following the retirement of Col. James F. Keathley at the end of February.

"Ron Replogle is the right person for this position of great responsibility," Gov. Nixon said. "He has shown that he is tough and smart, two qualities vital to leading a statewide law enforcement agency of 2,200 men and women charged with protecting 5.9 million Missourians. Major Replogle has demonstrated his ability to work in sync with local law enforcement agencies in fighting crime, and that also is one of the reasons I've selected him to be the next Highway Patrol superintendent. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is nationally regarded as one of the country's finest law enforcement agencies, and officers like Ron Replogle are the reason why."

Replogle, age 49, joined the Highway Patrol in 1984 after graduating second in his class from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy. Starting out as a trooper in field operations, he rose through the ranks to become director of the Division of Drug and Crime Control in 2001 and then commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau in 2006. His service also includes more than three years as an investigator and assistant director with the Professional Standards Division.

As commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau and director of the Division of Drug and Crime Control, he has worked closely with numerous federal agencies on homeland security and has participated in national and international training on counterterrorism.

"Ron Replogle is an outstanding leader, and was an ideal candidate to take the helm at the Highway Patrol," said John Britt, director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Britt assisted the Governor in the interview and selection process. "He continues a tradition of strong, dynamic leadership at the top of this critically important law enforcement agency. My congratulations go out to Major Replogle on being named by the Governor to this position."

Replogle is a native of Marshfield; he and his wife, Cindy, have two sons. His appointment now moves to the Missouri Senate for confirmation.  

"Missourians also owe a debt of gratitude to Jim Keathley not only for his service as superintendent of the Patrol, but also for his dedication during 33 years of wearing the uniform of the Missouri State Highway Patrol with great honor," Gov. Nixon said. "I commend him and wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement."

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has received several prestigious designations reserved for the nation's top law enforcement agencies, including being recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as a Flagship Agency. That designation acknowledges the achievement and expertise of select law enforcement agencies which provide "flagship examples" to assist other agencies. The Highway Patrol has been accredited by CALEA since 1992, and also has received the Meritorious Award, reserved for agencies that have been accredited for 15 or more continuous years by CALEA.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol includes more than 1,000 troopers and an additional 1,200 support staff. The Highway Patrol is divided into nine troops, with troop headquarters located around the state. Created by state law in 1931, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has evolved from a highway patrolling force to a full-service, accredited law enforcement agency.

While enforcing traffic laws and promoting safety on Missouri's 33,000 miles of state-maintained highways remains the Patrol's primary responsibility, the Patrol has been tasked by the Governor and the legislature with many additional law enforcement duties including: homeland security, motor vehicle inspection, commercial vehicle enforcement, driver's license examinations, criminal investigations, criminal laboratory analysis and research, public education, gaming enforcement and law enforcement training.