Governor Evers congratulates 42 new Wisconsin State Patrol officers

New troopers recently completed 26 weeks of training at State Patrol Academy

Release date: March 25, 2020

Governor Tony Evers is congratulating 42 new Wisconsin state troopers who recently completed about six months of comprehensive training at the State Patrol Academy in Ft. McCoy and are now fulfilling their sworn duties to “serve and protect” the public.

“On behalf of Wisconsin residents and visitors, we salute all our highly-trained public servants who work throughout the year and around the clock to help keep the rest of us safe,” Governor Evers said. “The ongoing public health emergency is a powerful reminder of the important and life-saving services provided by our emergency responders. These new state troopers, along with all those who serve in uniform, deserve our full gratitude and support.”

During their 26 weeks of academic and physical training, members of the State Patrol’s 65th Recruit Class learned about traffic and criminal laws, emergency vehicle operations, firearms proficiency, communications, crisis management and lifesaving skills.

“At the Wisconsin DOT, the safe, efficient movement of people and commerce is our primary mission,” Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said. “The men and women of the Wisconsin State Patrol are at the forefront of that mission and we’re very thankful for their dedication and service.”

State Patrol officers handle a variety of highway safety duties that include enforcing traffic laws, responding to incidents, assisting stranded motorists, inspecting commercial motor vehicles, along with efforts to combat illegal drugs and human trafficking. Last year, the Wisconsin State Patrol handled 212,061 traffic stops, 41,472 motorist assists and inspected about 40,000 commercial motor vehicles.

“State Patrol officers also fulfill many specialized public safety roles such as crash reconstruction experts, airplane and drone pilots, dignitary protection and K-9 teams,” Superintendent Burrell said. “Although we have many responsibilities, we have just one primary duty – serving and protecting the public.”

Upon graduating from the State Patrol Academy in Ft. McCoy, new officers are assigned to one of the State Patrol’s seven regional posts. The State Patrol’s next application/recruitment period is expected to begin in the fall. Learn more about State Patrol career opportunities.

Members of the State Patrol’s 65th Recruit Class, hometowns and assignments include:

Officer  ​Hometown​Assignment/State Patrol Region
​Colton Bahling​Belvidere, IL                     ​Waukesha County, Southeast Region
​Bryan Baumann​Madison, WI​Dane County, Southwest Region
​William Behrmann ​Shawano, WI   ​Fond du Lac County, Northeast Region
​Nicolas Belongeay​Green Bay, WI  ​Sauk County, Southwest Region
​Sean Bryan​Waupun, WI   ​Fond du Lac County, Northeast Region
​Craig Bulow ​Madison, WI                ​Dane County, Southwest Region
​Zachary Butera​Eau Claire, WI             ​Dunn County, Northwest Region
​Forrest Cantwell​Black River Falls, WI   ​Jackson County, Northwest Region
​Kyle Cook​Two Rivers, WI   ​Winnebago County, Northeast Region
​Brandon Dawson​Onalaska, WI ​La Crosse County, Southwest Region
​Angel De Anda​Janesville, WI​Sauk County, Southwest Region
​Rami Dunaway​Milwaukee, WI​Washington County, Southeast Region
​Philip Goldman ​Grantsburg, WI​Jackson County, Northwest Region
​Tyler Gorski​Schofield, WI ​Outagamie County, Northeast Region
​Nathaniel Hausman ​La Crosse, WI​Monroe County, Southwest Region
​David Heinisch​Waukesha, WI​Waukesha County, Southeast Region
​Veronica Hiley ​Beaver Dam, WI​Columbia County, Southwest Region
​Christina Holtz ​Ontario, WI​Monroe County, Southwest Region
​H Howey ​Marshfield, WI​Jackson County, Northwest Region
​Brandon Karlen ​Edgar, WI ​St. Croix County, Northwest Region
​Derek Ketelboeter ​Milton, WI ​Rock County, Southwest Region
​Collin Koval  ​Independence, WI​Juneau County, Southwest Region
​Steven Kuhnke​Stevens Point, WI​Winnebago County, Northeast Region
​Thomas LaCourt-Baker​Green Bay, WI ​Winnebago County, Northeast Region
​Christopher Matsche​Birnamwood, WI ​Brown County, Northeast Region
​Brandon Muehleisen​Wauwatosa, WI​Fond du Lac County, Northeast Region
​LaQuinta Murray​Kenosha, WI​Juneau County, Southwest Region
​Kevin Powell  ​Richmond, VA ​Winnebago County, Northeast Region
​Anthony Rader​Mayville, WI ​Fond du Lac County, Northeast Region
​Cody Rahn ​Chippewa Falls, WI ​Jefferson County, Southeast Region
​Anthony Ranieri ​Oshkosh, WIWinnebago County, Northeast Region
​Joseph Redman​Marshfield, WI​Eau Claire County, Northwest Region
​Brent ReiterMilwaukee, WI ​Racine County, Southeast Region
​Johann Robles​Milwaukee, WI​Racine County, Southeast Region
​Gareth Sedgbeer-Williams​South Milwaukee, WI​Dane County, Southwest Region
​Robert Shrock​Elkhorn, WI ​Sauk County, Southwest Region
​James Twet ​Waukesha, WI  ​Columbia County, Southwest Region
​Kevin Vue ​Sheboygan, WI  ​Winnebago County, Northeast Region
​Rolly Wagas ​Holmen, WI ​La Crosse County, Southwest Region
​Kyle Walczak​Mondovi, WI ​Juneau County, Southwest Region
​Sean Wiedersheim​Fox Point, WI  Racine County, Southeast Region​
​Andrew Zimmerman​Brown Deer, WI​Rock County, Southwest Region


For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581,