Wisconsin State Patrol welcomes new officers at graduation ceremony

​Release date: June 29, 2023

The Wisconsin State Patrol’s 68th Recruit Class received their badges Thursday at a graduation ceremony in Wisconsin Dells. The new troopers will be assigned to serve communities across Wisconsin. 

At the ceremony, Governor Tony Evers thanked the new officers for choosing to dedicate their careers to public service. 

“Committing to a life in law enforcement is a big sacrifice, but it will also open the door to an incredibly rewarding career in public service,” Gov. Evers said. “From helping a stranded driver with a flat tire to saving lives, always remember that the work you do matters in the lives of those that you serve.”

The new officers are an essential part of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s law enforcement division. State Patrol officers serve in a variety of roles, including enforcement officers; inspectors; crash reconstruction experts; airplane and drone pilots; and dignitary protection, K-9 and motorcycle officers. 

“State Patrol officers have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our most difficult challenges,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “The new troopers’ work will help create safer communities. Every traffic stop, emergency response, inspection of a commercial motor vehicle, or casual interaction with the public, has the potential to save lives and bring change by connecting with the people of Wisconsin and helping them understand their role in transportation safety.” 

The graduation ceremony was an opportunity to recognize the 26 weeks of training required to become a State Patrol officer. The cadets completed classroom and scenario courses at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy to meet state law enforcement training standards. 

“In the past six months, the Recruit Class has proven they have what it takes to join our premier public safety agency. Each new officer was selected for this important role because they will uphold our core values when out promoting public safety,” State Patrol Superintendent Tim Carnahan said. “The new officers have made a pledge to always protect our communities and enforce our state laws; to lead with professionalism and compassion every day, both on and off duty.”

The new troopers, listed below, will receive 12 additional weeks of on-the-job field training at their assigned posts in State Patrol’s five regions throughout Wisconsin. Photos will be available for download here after the ceremony. Watch the full ceremony online

The Wisconsin State Patrol is accepting applications for the next recruit class until July 16. Find more information on the 69th Recruit Class hiring process online. Training begins in January 2024.

Coltan ChilsonMound, MNSouthwest Region – DeForest Post
Matthew CoronaWest Bend, WISoutheast Region – Waukesha Post
Christopher CzarnikMenasha, WI Southwest Region – Tomah Post
Samuel FooterTomah, WISouthwest Region - Tomah Post
Cole GlassfordOshkosh, WISouthwest Region - DeForest Post
James HenkelNeenah, WISoutheast Region - Waukesha Post
Christian JensenBurlington, WINortheast Region – Fond du Lac Post
Austin LandowskiRingle, WINortheast Region – Fond du Lac Post
Carter MischkaGreen Bay, WINortheast Region – Fond du Lac Post
Redouan OubouhaLittle Chute, WISoutheast Region - Waukesha Post
Matthew PapendorfClintonville, WISoutheast Region - Waukesha Post
Cainan RobinsonGladstone, MISouthwest Region - DeForest Post
Andrew SpenceGurnee, ILSoutheast Region - Waukesha Post
Zachary WestphalWest Fargo, NDSouthwest Region - DeForest Post
Chang YangSchofield, WISouthwest Region - Tomah Post
Ahmed Yassen Abdealiim AliEau Claire, WISouthwest Region - Tomah Post
Gregory ZuehlkeWatertown, WISoutheast Region - Waukesha Post

For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov