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Gov. Hickenlooper announces new Colorado State Patrol Chief

DENVER — Friday, July 12, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today the appointment of Scott G. Hernandez as Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. The appointment is effective today, July 12, 2013.


“Scott Hernandez has a tremendous record of service in ensuring the public’s safety,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “He is known to be tough on crime while at the same time, building inclusive and diverse partnerships to enhance our public safety efforts. We are thankful to have Scott, who was raised in Alamosa and has strong statewide knowledge, along with a distinguished career in public safety, lead the State Patrol.”


Hernandez served as the Interim Chief of the State Patrol and began his service with the state of Colorado in 1987 as a Port of Entry officer. He became a State Patrol trooper in 1991. Hernandez attained the rank of lieutenant colonel with the State Patrol in December 2008.


Hernandez is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.


The Colorado State Patrol is part of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.