Patrolman receives promotion to lieutenant

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announces that effective July 1, 2014, Sergeant Steven V. Wilhoit will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to the Division of Drug & Crime Control, General Headquarters, Jefferson City. He is an 18-year veteran of the Patrol.

Wilhoit was appointed to the Patrol on July 1, 1996, as a member of the 72nd Recruit Class. Upon graduating from the Patrolâ??s Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City, he was assigned to Troop B, Zone 3, Linn and Chariton counties. On June 1, 1999, he transferred to Zone 2, Macon, MO. He was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone supervisor of Zone 3, Linn and Chariton counties on March 9, 2003. Wilhoit also served as assistant zone supervisor in Zone 2. On December 1, 2005, he transferred to the Division of Drug and Crime Control, Troop B Unit, Macon. He was promoted to sergeant on June 1, 2008, and remained in that assignment.

Lieutenant Wilhoit was born in Shelbina, MO. He graduated from South Shelby High School, Shelbina, MO, in 1987. In 1991, he graduated from Central Missouri State University, in Warrensburg, MO, with a bachelorâ??s of science degree in criminal justice. Lieutenant Wilhoit and his wife, Tamara (Milburn), have three children, Elyse, Sophia, and Dwight.