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      State troopers receive promotions

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol announces the following Troop B promotions effective April 1, 2014.

      Corporal Jason Mattingly was promoted to sergeant and designated the zone commander of Zone 11, Monroe and Randolph counties. Mattingly was appointed to the Patrol on October 16, 2001, and after graduating from the Patrol Academy was assigned to Troop B, Zone 5, Adair and Schuyler counties. On November 1, 2004, he transferred to Zone 11, Monroe and Randolph counties. On July 1, 2012, he was promoted to corporal and designated the assistant zone commander of Zone 11. He is a native of Paris, Missouri, and graduated from Paris R-2 High School. Mattingly holds a bachelor's of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. Prior to his appointment to the Patrol he served as a deputy with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department. Sergeant Mattingly and his wife, Cathy, have one son: Brandon.

      Trooper Paul Behrens was promoted to corporal and designated the assistant zone commander of Zone 11, Monroe and Randolph counties. Behrens was appointed to the Patrol on January 1, 1997, and after graduating from the Patrol Academy was assigned to Troop B, Zone 11. On June 1, 1999, he transferred to Zone 7, Knox and Lewis counties. On August 1, 2001, he transferred into the Patrol's Gaming Division and was assigned to the Mark Twain Casino in LaGrange, Missouri. On August 22, 2004, he transferred to Troop B, Zone 9, Marion and Ralls counties. Behrens is a native of Quincy, Illinois, and graduated from Quincy Senior High School. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in law enforcement administration. Corporal Behrens and his wife, Christie, have two children: Brody and Macy.

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