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HIGHWAY PATROL DIVISION COMMANDER IS NAMED - FIVE OTHER PROMOTIONS OK’D BY STATE POLICE COMMISSION

September 12, 2013

(LITTLE ROCK) - Veteran State Police Highway Patrol Captain Mike Foster, 53, of Harrison has been promoted to the rank of major and will assume new duties as a Highway Patrol Division commander.

  The promotion was one of six recommended by Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police.  The promotions were approved by the Arkansas State Police Commission during a meeting today.

  Major Foster has served as an Arkansas State Trooper for twenty-three years and most recently has been assigned as Troop Commander at State Police Highway Patrol, Troop I with headquarters at Harrison.

  A listing of other promotions approved by the commission includes:

  Sergeant Darran Austin, 36, of Dardanelle, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

  Lieutenant Austin is a nine year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned as a post supervisor in Highway Patrol Division, Troop J (Clarksville).  Austin will assume new duties as assistant commander of Highway Patrol, Troop A (Little Rock).

  Sergeant John Carter, 50, of Brookland (Craighead County), was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

  Lieutenant Carter is a twenty-three year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned to the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, Company F (Jonesboro).  Carter will assume new duties as Highway Patrol Division, Troop B (Newport) assistant commander.

  Sergeant David Sims, 53, of Pine Bluff, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

  Lieutenant Sims is a twenty-three year veteran of the department and most recently has been assigned as a post supervisor to the department’s Highway Patrol Division, Troop E (Pine Bluff).  Sims will remain assigned to Troop E, however his new duties will be as assistant troop commander.

  Sergeant Stacie Rhoads, 44, of Atkins, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

  Lieutenant Rhoads is a fifteen year veteran of the department most recently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, Company E (Harrison).  Rhoads will assume new duties a commander of CID, Company A (Little Rock).

  Corporal Michael Exum, 37, of Paragould, was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

  Sergeant Exum is a thirteen year veteran of the department and has most recently been assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop C (Jonesboro).  Exum will assume new duties as a post supervisor in Troop B (Newport).