Captain Mike Jahnke is the major in command of western operations of the Nebraska State Patrol, encompassing Troop Areas D and E.

He replaces Major Kyle Otte, who retired after a 27-year-career with NSP, spokesman Cody Thomas said.

Jahnke began his career with NSP in 1994, serving in the Troop D Patrol Division while stationed in Lexington. He has been promoted several times, achieving the rank of captain in 2012.

Jahnke most recently served as the commander of the professional standards division. He has worked in patrol, executive protection, investigative services and internal affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Doane University and is a graduate of an FBI National Academy training session in 2010.

“We are pleased to promote Mike Jahnke to the important position of Western Operations Major,” said Col. John Bolduc, Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent. “Mike’s integrity, experience in western Nebraska and dedication to serving the public make him uniquely qualified for this position.”

“I’m excited to return to the area where my career began and serve alongside the outstanding troopers and investigators who are there today,” Maj. Jahnke said.