The Washington State Patrol has appointed a new public information officer at the agency's Office of Government and Media Relations in Olympia, according to a news release.
Sgt. Jason Hicks, a 14-year veteran with the patrol, replaces Sgt. Paul Erdahl who has transferred to the Field Operations Bureau in Olympia.
Hicks is a drug recognition expert and is certified in collision reconstruction.
Government and Media Relations officers respond to media and public inquiries on matters of policy or statewide issues, the release said.