It’s official, the Nebraska State Patrol has a new leader.
Colonel John Bolduc became the 18th Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol during a swearing-in ceremony this morning at the NSP State Headquarters, according to NSP.
Secretary of State John Gale administered the Oath of Office.
“I consider it an honor to be sworn-in as Colonel,” Bolduc said in the written statement released by NSP. “Everyone at NSP has an important mission to do. Public service is teamwork and I’m honored to be a part of the Nebraska State Patrol.”
Bolduc is 52. Gov. Pete Ricketts appointed him as NSP superintendent to replace Superintendent Brad Rice who Ricketts fired. An investigation of NSP 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.
Bolduc comes to Nebraska after serving as Vice President of Public Safety and Police Chief of the Port of San Diego. He previously served as Chief of Police for the departments of Brainerd and Mora, Minnesota. Bolduc started his career in law enforcement as a police officer in 1986.
Major Russ Stanczyk had been serving as Acting NSP Superintendent.
NSP has 450 troopers and 730 total employees.