Patrol names new head of Western Operations

March 6, 2019

The Nebraska State Patrol has promoted Capt. Mike Jahnke to the position of major in command of Western Operations, encompassing Troop Areas D and E.

“We are pleased to promote Mike Jahnke to the important position of Western Operations major,” said Col. John Bolduc, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Mike’s integrity, experience in western Nebraska and dedication to serving the public make him uniquely qualified for this position.”

Jahnke has been with the patrol for 25 years and most recently served as the commander of the Professional Standards Division.

Throughout his career, Jahnke has worked in numerous positions within the agency, including patrol, executive protection, investigative services and internal affairs.

“I’m excited to return to the area where my career began and serve alongside the outstanding troopers and investigators who are there today,” Jahnke said.

Jahnke began his career with the patrol in 1994, serving in the Troop D Patrol Division while stationed in Lexington. He has been promoted several times during his career, achieving the rank of captain in 2012.

Jahnke holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Doane University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Jahnke replaces Maj. Kyle Otte, who retired Friday after a 27-year career with the State Patrol.