Yaeger Sworn in as MHP Colonel
HELENA — Randall Yaeger was promoted to colonel and chief of the Montana Highway Patrol Thursday in a change-of-command ceremony held at the Montana Supreme Court.
Col. Yaeger, 47, will serve as chief administrator of the MHP until his planned retirement in July 2004. He has been with the MHP since 1984. Yaeger replaces Shawn Driscoll, who stepped down last month to take a job with a private trucking firm.
“Randy is a talented, dedicated member of the Patrol and we’re lucky to have an officer of his caliber as leader of the Montana Highway Patrol,” Attorney General Mike McGrath said. “His leadership ensures a smooth transition for the men and women of the MHP.”
Yaeger is a 30-year member of the National Guard. He completed military flight school in 1979 before joining the Patrol. He is one of two pilots in the MHP force, flying the Patrol’s airplane and helicopter. His salary will be $68,126 annually.
In his tenure with the MHP Yaeger has been stationed in Butte and Helena. He was promoted to captain in 2000 and became lieutenant colonel in November 2002. In 1993 he became a field training officer, training new officers upon their graduation from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. He was also lead firearms instructor for the Patrol for many years. 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.