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South Dakota Highway Patrol names new leader

Maj. Rick Miller

PIERRE, S.D. – Maj. Rick Miller of Pierre has been named as the next superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the agency said Monday, May 13.

Miller is currently an assistant superintendent for the Highway Patrol in charge of administrative services and special operations. He will replace Col. Craig Price who was named to the position of Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Public Safety by Gov. Kristi Noem.

It was Price, then as Highway Patrol superintendent, who promoted Miller to major in 2013.

“Rick is loyal, dedicated and hard-working. He’s got integrity and he’s got common sense,” Price said in a statement. “He is well regarded by our Highway Patrol staff and other law enforcement agencies. Rick is ready to lead the Highway Patrol.”

Miller is a Watertown native and served almost seven years in the U.S. Marines Corps. He has been with the Highway Patrol for almost 18 years, serving as both a trooper and as a police service dog handler.

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