A veteran officer is taking over as the new colonel of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Lt. Col. John Butler of Cheyenne has been selected as the new
administrator of the patrol and will be promoted to the rank of
colonel. He's the twelfth person to head the patrol since its
formation in 1933.
Butler is a 27-year Highway Patrol veteran. He replaces Col.
Jess Oyler, who retired at the end of last year. Butler has served
as interim patrol administrator since Oyler's retirement.
Butler says he's extremely humbled and proud to be appointed the
next commanding officer of the patrol. He says it has a
longstanding tradition of professionalism and says he will demand
that from himself and each patrol member.