- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Two South Dakota Highway Patrol captains are retiring this month after long careers with the agency.

Capt. Kevin Karley is stepping down as commander of District 3 in Rapid City. He’s been with the Highway Patrol for 30 years.

Capt. Alan Welsh is the commander of District 2 in Sioux Falls. He’s been with the Highway Patrol for 27 years.

Patrol Superintendent Col. Craig Price says that ever since Karley and Welsh started their careers as troopers, they’ve exemplified the professionalism of the agency.

Price says permanent replacements for the two captains will be announced later.

Lt. Jeff DeVaney has been named as interim commander in Sioux Falls. Lt. Jason Ketterling has been named as interim commander in Rapid City.

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