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Two longtime S.D. Highway Patrol leaders retiring

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Capt. Kevin Karley2 / 2

PIERRE, S.D. – Two South Dakota Highway Patrol captains on opposite sides of the state are retiring this month after longtime careers with the agency.

Capt. Kevin Karley, who is the commander of District 3 based in Rapid City, has been with the Patrol for 30 years. Capt. Alan Welsh, a 27-year veteran, is currently the commander of District 2 in Sioux Falls.

Karley began his law enforcement career in 1986 with the Patrol as a motor carrier inspector. He was hired as a trooper in 1989 and was stationed in Platte and then Rapid City. Karley was promoted to sergeant in 1999. Karley became captain and district commander in 2008.

Welsh joined the Patrol as a trooper in 1989 and was first stationed in Sturgis. Welsh was promoted to squad sergeant in 2001 and became lieutenant and assistant district commander for the Sioux Falls district in 2006. He became captain and commander in 2013.

Permanent replacements for the two captains will be announced later. For now, Lt. Jeff DeVaney has been named as interim commander in Sioux Falls and Lt. Jason Ketterling has been named as interim commander in Rapid City.

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