Brad Rice fired as Nebraska State Patrol Superindent amid investigation of wrongdoing, mismanagement

July 13, 2017: Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Brad Rice was fired by Gov. Pete Ricketts on Friday, June 30, 2017. “Today, I have relieved State Patrol Colonel Brad Rice of his duties,” Ricketts said in a statement. “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 Nebraska 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.” Ricketts appointed Administrative Services Maj. Russ Stanczyk, the senior member of the State Patrol command staff, as the Acting Superintendent of the State Patrol, effective immediately. At a press conference, Jackson said that besides the firing of Rice, two other State Patrol command staff had been placed on paid administrative leave. Lt. Col. Thomas Schwarten is among those being placed on leave. A total of six personnel are being placed on paid administrative leave, including the command staff named above. Jackson has turned over initial findings from his review to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for further investigation. Jackson’s review continues into other matters. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are part of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Attribution: Nebraska Governor's Office

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