- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Highway Patrol has a new leader.

Col. Michael Gerhart Jr. took the reins with the turn of the calendar on Tuesday. He succeeds James Prochniak, who retired at the end of June after nearly three decades with the patrol and five years as its superintendent. He was awarded the patrol’s Meritorious Service Medal.

Gerhart began his career with the Highway Patrol in 1992. As superintendent, he supervises 168 troopers and manages a two-year budget of $61 million.

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