- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The head of the Kansas Highway Patrol says he plans to retire, effective Jan. 5.

The state announced the retirement plans of Col. Ernest Garcia in a news release issued Monday.

Garcia was appointed to the job in 2011. Before that, he was a 40-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He also was the Sergeant at Arms for the U.S. Senate.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1ucoFwM ) the retirement comes months after a patrol survey indicated low morale among troopers and broad dissatisfaction with the agency’s leaders.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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