'Mistake' at Seahawks game costs trooper his leadership role

OlympianJanuary 22, 2014 

 The district commander in charge of Washington State Patrol troopers in Pierce and Thurston counties has been reassigned after he allowed his son and his son’s girlfriend into a Seattle Seahawks game even though they had no tickets,  The News Tribune has learned.

The former commander, Ken Noland, was removed Jan. 10 as the District 1 commander after State Patrol Chief John Batiste lost confidence in his ability to lead, agency spokesman Bob Calkins confirmed. Noland was reassigned as a lieutenant with the State Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau, Calkins said.

In a telephone call to The News Tribune on Tuesday, Noland said, “I made a mistake, the chief made his decision, and I’m moving forward.”

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