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Solberg tapped to lead ND Highway Patrol

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Highway Patrol Maj. Brandon Solberg to lead the agency Thursday, May 17, 2018. Photo courtesy Burgum's office.

BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum tapped state Highway Patrol Maj. Brandon Solberg to lead the agency Thursday, May 17.

Solberg will succeed Col. Michael Gerhart, who is retiring from the the Highway Patrol at the end of June after four years as its superintendent.

Solberg has been with the Highway Patrol for more than two decades, the governor's office said, including more than 10 years as a commander at the patrol headquarters at the state Capitol. He was previously a Dickey County sheriff's deputy and a part-time reserve deputy in Barnes County.

"Maj. Solberg brings the right combination of leadership and management skills to lead the North Dakota Highway Patrol, as well as a deep understanding of what troopers face every day as they protect the public and enforce our laws," Burgum said in a statement.

The Highway Patrol has a two-year budget of almost $61 million and roughly 200 full-time equivalent positions.

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