DOJ: News Release

Driscoll Named New Highway Patrol Colonel

HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath Friday named Shawn Driscoll the new chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. Driscoll was promoted to colonel in a change-of-command ceremony held in the chambers of the Montana Supreme Court.

In his new position, Driscoll will lead the largest law enforcement agency in the state, overseeing about 200 Patrol officers and 70 civilian employees.

“As the Patrol faces the challenges presented by changing technology, the homeland security effort and more, Col. Driscoll has the experience and training to lead the Patrol,” McGrath said.

“Shawn Driscoll represents the new generation of leadership in the Patrol. His first commitment is to the safety of the people of Montana and he has the ability to adapt to advances in technology and further that commitment.”

Driscoll, 42, joined the Patrol in 1984 as a resident officer in Colstrip. He later served as a patrol officer in Billings and Missoula. In June 1988, he became a field training officer, training newly hired officers after their graduation from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

He has advanced through the ranks of the Patrol and in 1999 became a lieutenant colonel and deputy chief to Col. Bert Obert. Obert recently retired from the Patrol to become deputy transportation security director for the Bozeman airport.

Driscoll is a Missoula native. He holds a two-year law enforcement degree from Spokane Community College. Prior to joining the Patrol, he was a police officer in Sidney.

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