Driscoll Steps Down, Yaeger Promoted at MHP
HELENA — Attorney General Mike McGrath Wednesday announced the resignation of Montana Highway Patrol colonel Shawn Driscoll and the promotion of lieutenant colonel Randall Yaeger as interim chief of the MHP.
Driscoll, 43, steps down after 15 months as chief of the MHP. He will take a job as senior investigator at the headquarters of Swift Transportation Co. in Phoenix. Swift is a carrier for a number of large shippers, transporting retail and discount store merchandise and other manufactured goods. The company has about 20,000 drivers and 17,000 trucks.
This month marks Driscoll’s 20th anniversary with the Patrol.
“I didn’t expect to be leaving so soon,” Driscoll said, “but the opportunity came along and it offers me significant opportunities for advancement. I have to look out for my family’s long-term interests.”
“I am sad to see Colonel Driscoll move on,” McGrath said. “He’s very talented and he’s done a great job with the Patrol. It’s unfortunate the State of Montana loses talented employees like Shawn. I wish him the best.”
Yaeger, 47, has been with the MHP since 1984. He is one of two pilots in the MHP force, flying the Patrol’s airplane and helicopter.
In his tenure with the MHP he has been stationed in Butte and Helena. He was promoted to captain in 2000 and became lieutenant colonel in November 2002. He is a Lewistown native.
The Montana Highway Patrol is the largest law enforcement agency in Montana, with about 200 sworn officers and 70 civilian employees.