Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:49 PM by MTN News
HELENA - Colonel Kenton Hickethier, chief of the Montana Highway Patrol, announced on Friday, that he is retiring effective September 30th.
"I regret that I have made inappropriate remarks to subordinates that have compromised my ability to effectively lead Montana's Highway Patrol by example," Colonel Hickethier said.
"Therefore, I have chosen to retire from the Patrol. I am sorry for these mistakes and any harm they may have brought to Montana's finest law enforcement agency, which has been the center of my life for the last 28 years," he said.
Attorney General Tim Fox said, "I am grateful to Colonel Hickethier for his many years of service to his country and to Montana."
Colonel Hickethier is currently on leave status.
Lieutenant Colonels Greg Watson and Tom Butler are in command of the Montana Highway Patrol until Attorney General Fox appoints a new chief.