A new leader of the Nebraska State Patrol settles in during a difficult time for the patrol.
Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Col. John Bolduc has completed his tour of the state, visiting all six Troop Area Headquarters.
He soon will receive the results of an investigation into misconduct by top leaders of the patrol.
“I believe that I can be completely objective, not having had the history nor the personal relationships with the people involved,” Bolduc tells Nebraska Radio Network during an interview at the NSP headquarters. “So, that’s the good news. I mean the bad news is I may have to discipline people and I take no pleasure in doing that, but the evidence has to support the verdict and the punishment has to fit the crime.”
Bolduc is determined to put the investigation in the rearview mirror and move on.
“Whatever the results are, whether people agree with them, disagree with them, like them, dislike them, it’s going to come to a close and we’re going to move forward and that’s the important dialogue that I have been having with our folks,” Bolduc says.
Bolduc toured the six NSP area headquarters throughout the state, visiting with troopers and support staff.
Bolduc is 52. He is the 18th Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.
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.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1 min.]