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      Heartland native gets big promotion with highway patrol

      A 1985 Macon High School graduate is tapped to head the Motor Vehicle Inspection Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

      Captain Lester D. Elder will transfer to that division in Jefferson City effective July 1.

      Elder was most recently division director of the patrol's driver examination division.

      Elder was appointed to the Patrol on July 1, 1989.

      Upon completing his training at the Patrolâ??s Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop H, Zone 3, Gentry County.

      On October 1, 1992, he transferred to Troop F, Zone 4, Audrain County.

      Elder was promoted to corporal on April 1, 1995, and designated assistant zone commander of Troop F, Zone 8, Callaway County.

      Later that year, Elder returned to Troop F, Zone 4, Audrain County, and was designated assistant zone commander of that zone.

      Elder was promoted to sergeant and designated zone commander of Zone 4, Audrain County, on December 1, 1996.

      He was promoted to lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Criminal Records and Identification Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, on June 1, 2002.

      Elder was then promoted to captain on September 1, 2006, and designated director of the Gaming Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City.

      On January 25, 2011, he transferred to the Driver Examination Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, where he served as the division director.Elder was born in Kirksville.

      He graduated from Macon R-1 High School in 1985.

      In 1987, he earned an associateâ??s degree in criminal justice from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) in Kirksville.

      From 1986-1994, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from which he was honorably discharged.

      Elder and his wife, Heather (Newman), have two children: Levi and Tanner.