PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The commander of the Rapid City district of the South Dakota Highway Patrol has retired.
Maj. Randy Hartley has been assistant superintendent for field operations, supervising the patrol's district headquarters in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls and Rapid City. He also supervised the Motor Carrier Division and was responsible for SWAT, the canine program, Capitol Protective Services, executive protection, accident reconstruction and aircraft operations.
Hartley started his 25-year career in Presho and served as a trooper in Brookings before being promoted to sergeant in 1999 and transferring to Rapid City. He received a promotion to major in 2008 and became assistant superintendent of the Highway Patrol.
Hartley also served as acting superintendent from June 2010 until January 2011.
Col. Craig Price says Hartley was committed to protecting the citizens of South Dakota.