Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen a new superintendent for the Nebraska State Patrol.
Port of San Diego Police Chief John Bolduc understands he’s an outsider taking over a patrol with 450 troopers and 730 total employees.
“It’s about listening to those folks, understanding some natural skepticism and that’s actually fair, but I think we can overcome that by saying, look, we’re here to do a job and we’re going to get about making this the best public safety agency that we can,” Bolduc tells reporters during a news conference at the Capitol.
Bolduc doesn’t see the problems which led to the firing of Superintendent Brad Rice and the suspension of others at NSP as all that troubling.
“And really it’s about problem solving,” according to Bolduc. “There are no obstacles that are insurmountable if we work together and we have the right goal in mind and we will do just that.”
An investigation of the Nebraska State Patrol by the Ricketts Administration found fault with former Superintendent Rice as well as the conduct of the chain of command during two use-of-force incidents. Five others have been suspended over allegations of dishonesty and dereliction of duty in two investigations into whether troopers used excessive force.
Ricketts began a national search for a new NSP superintendent with a search committee led by Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer. The committee also included retired FBI executive Weysan Dun, former U.S. Attorney for Nebraska Deborah Gilg, and Hall County Public Defender Gerry Piccolo.
Bolduc’s full title is Vice President of Public Safety and Police Chief at the Port of San Diego. Bolduc, who is 52, oversees 170 team members with an annual budget of $38 million. He will return to San Diego to wrap things up before moving to Nebraska to become superintendent officially on October 16th. His annual salary will be $150,000.
Bolduc previously served as Police Chief for Brainerd and Mora in Minnesota. He began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in 1986.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]