SDHP names new assistant superintendent
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Highway Patrol has named their new assistant superintendent in charge of field operations in Lieutenant Joel Peterson.
Peterson has been with the highway patrol for 20 years, and he began is new duties last week.
He was promoted to major during a pinning ceremony held Monday, August 1, and he will work with Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller and Maj. Jason Ketterling, the assistant superintendent in charge of administrative and special operations.
Peterson has served in various roles including as a SWAT operator and firearms instructor. His first station was in Yankton where he served until being promoted as sergeant in 2012 for the Motor Carrier Division.
In 2013, Peterson was promoted to lieutenant and served as assistant district commander in charge of operations in the Motor Carrier Division.
“In every role, Lt. Peterson has a positive can-do attitude. Joel will be a good fit at headquarters. In his previous roles, he has worked with various stakeholders inside and outside the highway patrol,” said Col. Miller. “The field experience he has gained throughout the years will serve him well in his new position.”