It’s not unusual for some employers in Wyoming to have a hard time finding enough workers. That can be a headache for business owners, but lately it’s the cause of some public safety concern as well. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is down almost twenty percent of its officers, and it is struggling to attract new ones.
For the first year ever, Wyoming and South Dakota Highway Patrols joined up to patrol on the Interstate-90 corridor into the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
This is the 73rd year the well-known rally has been held in South Dakota. The number of people attending the rally was probably lower than usual, says Sargent John Townsend of the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
But the number of arrests were lower, too. He attributes the rally's quiet mood this year to the stronger enforcement presence on the roads.
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.