By Terry Woster, Public Information Officer
PIERRE, S.D. – Major Randy Hartley is retiring after 25 years with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, Col. Craig Price said Thursday.
Hartley started with the Highway Patrol in 1988 at Presho. He also served as a trooper in Brookings before being promoted to sergeant in 1999 and transferring to Rapid City. He received promotions to lieutenant in 2003 and then captain in 2006, serving as commander of the Rapid City district.
In 2008 he received a promotion to the rank of major and became assistant superintendent of the Highway Patrol. He served as acting superintendent from June 2010 until January 2011.
At the time of his retirement he was assistant superintendent for field operations. In that position, he supervised the Highway Patrol's district headquarters in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls and Rapid City, as well as the Motor Carrier Division. He was also responsible for SWAT, the canine program, Capitol Protective Services, executive protection, accident reconstruction and aircraft operations.
"Randy Hartley served with distinction for a quarter of a century, wearing the uniform of the Highway Patrol with pride,'' said Colonel Price. "He was committed to protecting the citizens of South Dakota, and all of us are better for his service. We wish him all the best in his retirement.''
Hartley said he had a great career with the Highway Patrol.
"I was able to see and do things over the course of my career that I never would have done if it weren't for the South Dakota Highway Patrol,'' he said. "I will miss the fantastic people. I'm looking forward to the new challenges and the next chapter in my life, and I can only hope it will be as rewarding as my time in uniform.''
The Highway Patrol is in the process of filling the vacancy created by Hartley's retirement.