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      One trooper retires, three new ones hired

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol announces the assignment of three new troopers and one retirement of Troop B.

      The new troopers are members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 98th Recruit Class which began training on January 2, 2014, and graduated on June 27, 2014. They will fill existing vacancies within Troop B.

      Trooper Tyler W. O'Brien has been assigned to Zone 11, which serves the citizens of Monroe and Randolph counties. Tpr. O'Brien is a native of Springfield, Illinois, and graduated from Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois. He holds an associate's degree in criminal justice from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois. He is married to Lauren (Kopec) O'Brien.

      Trooper Matthew H. Riley has been assigned to Zone 6, which serves the citizens of Clark and Scotland counties. Tpr. Riley is a native of Atlanta, Missouri, and graduated from Atlanta C-3 High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Hannibal LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri.

      Trooper Tyler R. Stults has been assigned to Zone 9, Marion and Ralls counties. Tpr. Stults is a native of Carlinville, Illinois, and graduated from Palmyra-Northwestern High School in Palmyra, Illinois. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He is married to Allison (Meffort) Stults and they have two sons: Reginald and Montgomery.

      Sergeant Jeff Creech, retired after serving over 24 years with the Missouri State Highway Patrol,effective July 1, 2014, .

      Sergeant Creech began his career with the Patrol on January 1, 1990, and was a member of the 62nd Missouri State Highway Patrol Recruit Class. ã??After graduating from the Patrol Academy, he was assigned to Troop B, Zone 9, which serves Marion and Ralls counties. ã??On July 1, 1998, he was promoted to corporal and designated the assistant zone supervisor of Zone 8. ã??On October 19, 2003, he was promoted to sergeant and designated the zone supervisor of Zone 7, which serves Knox and Lewis counties. ã??On June 1, 2010, he transferred into the Patrol's Gaming Division and was assigned to the Mark Twain Casino in LaGrange, Missouri. ã??On March 1, 2012, he transferred to Troop B, Zone 8, and he was designated as a marine operations officer. ã??As a marine operations officer, he primarily was responsible for patrolling Mark Twain Lake. It is from this position that he retires. ã??During his career with the Patrol, he has served as a troop marijuana eradication trooper, EVOC instructor, Basic Boating instructor, and on several Patrol related details including the National Governor's Conference, University of Missouri football, Missouri State Fair, and the Joplin tornado.

      Jeff is a native of Cumberland, Kentucky, and graduated from Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Kentucky. ã??He holds a bachelor's of science degree in police administration from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. ã??Prior to his appointment to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, he served as a police officer in Hannibal, Missouri, for three years, and as a patrolman with the former Missouri State Water Patrol for four years. ã??He is married to Alicia (Watson), a native of Decatur City, Iowa, and they have a grown son: Jordan.

      In support of "The Drive To ZERO Highway Deaths," the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It.