Leadership change for KS Highway Patrol follows departures

TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) An appointment from Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly brings on a changing of the guard with leadership on the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Kelly Thursday announced Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones as the next superintendent of the KHP. Jones will replace Col. Mark Bruce who, the governor’s office says, decided to leave the agency, as did the agency’s assistant superintendent, Lieutenant Colonel Randy Moon.

Kelly’s office did not expand on reasons for Bruce and Moon’s departures but did say Major Jasen De Vore is stepping in immediately as acting superintendent until Wednesday (April 3) when Jones will take command of the KHP.

WIBW in Topeka reports it received a copy of an anonymous letter sent to state officials alleging sexual and domestic misbehavior involving Bruce and Moon as well as other high ranking officials at KHP.

Gov. Kelly’s office confirmed to the Topeka CBS-affiliate that they are aware of the letter but say they cannot comment. The letter was also sent to the Kansas Attorney General and the Shawnee County District Attorney.

Kelly had to this to say about her new appointee.

“Sheriff Jones has 40 years of impressive and diverse law enforcement experience,” Governor Kelly says. “He has worked in municipal, county, and state law enforcement and he has been a leader in law enforcement training and education. Sheriff Jones is the right person to lead the Kansas Highway Patrol at this critical time."

That experience includes work as a police officer with the Emporia Police Department, a state trooper with the KHP and as an instructor with the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

“I’m honored to be selected by Governor Kelly to serve in this important law enforcement position,” Jones says. “I’ve dedicated my career to public safety and look forward to again working with the women and men of the Kansas Highway Patrol to strengthen our agency and improve public safety across Kansas.”

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