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Five Newly Promoted to the Ranks of Colonel, Major, Captain and Sergeant

Tuesday January 9, 2018

Family, friends and peers joined Commissioner Keith Squires and Colonel Michael Rapich as they promoted five fine men to the ranks of Colonel, Major, Captain and Sergeant during the first promotional ceremony of 2018.

Commissioner Squires appointed Major Brian Redd to the rank of Colonel to serve as the third Deputy Commissioner at the Department of Public Safety. Historically there have been three Deputy Commissioners, but due to budget cuts in 2009 and 2010, the decision was made to suspend one of these positions. With the continued demand on the department and resources, Commissioner Squires has chosen to re-establish this position.

“I appreciate Brian’s ability to look for improved ways of providing law enforcement services while ensuring our professional standards are always maintained,” said Squires. “He helps me ensure that DPS is constantly improving and operating like a business that has competition.”

Colonel Redd will be responsible for the State Bureau of Investigation, Statewide Information and Analysis Center, Operation Rio Grande and Forensic Services. He will serve alongside Deputy Commissioner Nannette Rolfe and Colonel Michael Rapich.

Also promoted were Tyler Kotter who will serve as Major and oversee the efforts of the State Bureau of Investigation, Statewide Information and Analysis Center as well as Operation Rio Grande. Captain Jared Garcia will be assuming the responsibility of bureau commander over the State Bureau of Investigation. Newly appointed Captain Jeff Nigbur will serve as Captain over sections 6,8,20 and 21.

Sgt. Cody McCoy will fill the Alcohol Enforcement Team sergeant position for the Utah Highway Patrol.

Congratulations to all newly promoted officers and their families. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to our department and the citizens of our state.


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