Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Press Release

Wisconsin State Patrol welcomes 41 officers to its ranks


By - Apr 7th, 2017 01:41 pm

After more than six months of intense training, 41 new Wisconsin State Patrol officers were sworn in at a graduation ceremony in La Crosse on Friday, April 7.

The new officers began their training as cadets in the 62nd Recruit Class at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy on Oct. 2, 2016

Their comprehensive training has prepared them for law enforcement careers as either State Patrol troopers or inspectors in one of five regions around the state. Troopers generally patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws while inspectors focus primarily on enforcement of motor carrier (large trucks, buses and other commercial motor vehicles) safety laws and regulations.

“Throughout their rigorous training, our newest officers displayed the mental, physical, and emotional strength needed for the State Patrol’s traffic and public safety missions,” says Capt. Paul Matl, commander of the State Patrol Academy.  “They successfully completed training in an array of subjects including traffic and criminal law, firearms marksmanship, emergency vehicle operations, crisis management and traffic crash investigations. They will continue their training and education throughout their careers.”

Seven of the new officers served in the military.

The following is a list of the new officers, with their hometowns, positions and county of assignment:

Graduate Hometown Classification Assignment*
Maxwell R. Bahling Belvidere, Illinois Trooper NER – Portage County
Eric Benti Neenah, Wisconsin Inspector NWR – Polk County
Michael V. Blahnik Oshkosh, Wisconsin Trooper NER – Winnebago County
Philip Chiu Green Bay, Wisconsin Inspector NER – Newton SWEF
Scott P. Darin Slinger, Wisconsin Trooper SER – Washington County
Jacob D. DeVries Randolph, Wisconsin Inspector SWR – Madison SWEF
Colton T. Fields Dickeyville, Wisconsin Inspector SWR – Sparta SWEF
Jake L. Fricke Eau Claire, Wisconsin Trooper NWR – Sawyer County
Joshua J. Helmer Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Trooper NER – Fond du Lac County
Michael S. Henning Nashotah, Wisconsin Trooper SER- Racine County
Benjamin H. Hildebrandt Deerfield, Wisconsin Inspector NWR – Superior SWEF
Brandon L. Hunter Milwaukee, Wisconsin Trooper NER – Brown County
Cody L. Klockziem Marathon, WI Trooper NCR- Forest/Florence County
Carson S. Konkol Sturtevant, Wisconsin Trooper NWR- Jackson County
Tyler A. Kostos Racine, Wisconsin Inspector SER – Racine SWEF
Danial A. Langer Ellsworth, Wisconsin Trooper NCR-Marathon County
Alex A. Medina Milwaukee, Wisconsin Trooper NER – Fond du Lac County
Marcus C. Meurer Coon Valley,  Wisconsin Trooper NCR – Lincoln County
Shane T. Moilanen Eau Claire, Wisconsin Trooper NWR – Bayfield County
Matthew A. Moore Kenosha, Wisconsin Trooper NCR – Vilas County
Lane M. Mueller Janesville, Wisconsin Trooper SWR – Monroe County
Anthony G. Olson Bloomer, Wisconsin Trooper NWR – Washburn County
Ethan C. Rehberg Neenah, Wisconsin Inspector NER – Winnebago County
Ryan J. Roth Iowa City, Iowa Trooper NWR – Eau Claire County
Jacob D. Sampson Rhinelander, Wisconsin Trooper NCR – Lincoln County
Bruce Satterlee, Jr Janesville, Wisconsin Inspector SER – Racine SWEF
Kory A. Schultz Two Rivers, Wisconsin Trooper NER – Winnebago County
Creighton R. Schwark Brown Deer, Wisconsin Inspector SWR – Madison SWEF
Dylan V. Strasburg Lake Mills, Wisconsin Inspector SWR – Sauk County
Jason M. Tauschek New Franken, Wisconsin Trooper NCR – Shawano County
Justin T. Temperly Hazel Green, Wisconsin Trooper SWR – Sauk County
James R. Tobin Mauston, Wisconsin Trooper SWR – Monroe County
Alex J. Treesh West Bend, Wisconsin Inspector NWR – Hudson SWEF
Nicholas Vorpahl Belleville, Wisconsin Trooper SWR – Sauk County
Kayla L Walters-Ketchum Muskego, Wisconsin Trooper NER – Fond du Lac County
Austn R. Wanless Edgar, Wisconsin Trooper NER – Outagamie County
Brian A. Welch Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Trooper SWR – Sauk County
Erik M. Wickstrom Elm Grove, Wisconsin Trooper NWR – St. Croix County
Cody W. Wilson Onalaska, Wisconsin Inspector SWR – Sparta SWEF
Benjamin D. Wyant Orion, Illinois Trooper NER – Brown County
Joshua D. Zentner Greenville, Wisconsin Trooper NCR – Marathon County

*WisDOT Regions

·        SWR = Southwest Region
·        SER = Southeast Region
·        NER = Northeast Region
·        NCR = North Central Region
·        NWR = Northwest Region
SWEF = Safety and Weight Enforcement Facility

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