Pettingill selected as Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Oklahoma DPS Commissioner-selectee Mike Thompson announced today that Kerry Pettingill would take the reins as Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on February 1, 2011.

"Kerry joined the Highway Patrol in 1982, and has risen through the ranks to Deputy Chief (Lieutenant Colonel). That coupled with his vast experience as the director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, and impeccable leadership made him the right choice for the Patrol's top post," said Thompson who is slated to assume duties as DPS Commissioner next week.

Pettingill, who has served the last seven years as the director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, has served on numerous professional appointments such as the National Preparedness Task Force - a group of 37 individuals selected to report to the United States Congress on the preparedness of the nation; the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP); the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium; and the Governor's Homeland Security Advisory Council.

During his tenure on the Patrol, Pettingill has served in a wide variety of assignments including Traffic Trooper, Patrol Supervisor, Bomb-squad and Tactical Team Commander, Zone Commander, and Deputy Chief.

Kerry is a graduate of the 39th OHP Academy, Leadership Oklahoma Class XIX, FBI National Academy, FBI Hazardous Devices School and earned a Bachelor of Science from Southern Nazarene University.

"I am deeply humbled and honored that Commissioner-select Thompson has entrusted me with this great responsibility, and I look forward to leading the men and women of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol," said Pettingill.