The Highway Patrol zone governing three area counties will have a new state trooper following the first of the new year.
Quentin McConkey of Albany is among 30 troopers to be graduated Friday morning from the patrols' law enforcement academy in Jefferson City. The ceremony for the 97th recruit class is scheduled for 9 o'clock at the Patrolâ€™s Law Enforcement Academy. The new troopers will report for duty in their assigned troops on January 6th.
Quentin McConkey has been assigned to the Mercer, Grundy, and Livingston County zone of the highway patrol.
During the graduation ceremony on Friday, retired Colonel Roger D. Stottlemyre will give the keynote address. The Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri, will administer the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Dean Gil Kennon, vice president of college affairs for Mineral Area College, will be present to confer an associateâ€™s of applied science degree to the new troopers based on their course work at the Academy.
Four class awards will be presented. The recruits accumulated points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 26 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earns the respective award.