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Update: Governor removes head of Nebraska State Patrol after review

Col. Brad Rice of the Nebraska State Patrol speaks to recruits in February, 2017 (NTV News)

Nebraska State Patrol head Colonel Bradley Rice has been removed to his position after a review of the agency.

"Colonel Rice did not live up to the expectations on how a superintendent should behave and that’s why I’ve replaced him,” said Governor Pete Ricketts.

“Today, I have relieved State Patrol Colonel Brad Rice of his duties,” said Governor Ricketts. “My decision was based on the initial findings of the review being conducted by my Chief Human Resources Officer. My team will commence a search immediately for the next Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol to lead this agency which is vital to protecting Nebraska’s public safety.”

“Over the past week, my review has focused on how recent use of force investigations have been conducted,” said the Governor’s Chief Human Resources Officer Jason Jackson. “This review found interference into the internal investigation process of the State Patrol and violations of internal policies among other concerning issues at the highest levels of the agency’s leadership.”

Six others have been put on paid administrative leave, including two other members of the command staff. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Schwarten is among those being placed on leave, according to the governor.

The Governor said he has named Administrative Services Major Russ Stanczyk as Interim Superintendent of the State Patrol effective immediately.

Jackson said he has passed on his initial findings from his review to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for further investigation. Jackson’s review continues into other matters.

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