Sergeant status: Troopers promoted

Posted: Tuesday, March 01, 2005

In a word, Capt. Tom Bowman, commander of the Alaska State Troopers "E" Detachment in Soldotna, described the work of two troopers being promoted to the rank of sergeant — "outstanding."

Trooper James Truesdell, who has been assigned to "E" Detachment since 2001, and Trooper Dane Gilmore, a Soldotna-based investigator since 2002, will be promoted today, according to a statement issued by Col. Julia Grimes, Alaska's top trooper.

Both will remain assigned to the Soldotna post.

Truesdell will be one of four patrol supervisors, according to Bowman, who said the detachment will now have a supervisor with the rank of sergeant on each of three shifts and one relief sergeant to cover days off and vacations.

The new patrol sergeant joined the Troopers in 1995 after serving with airport safety in Anchorage. A U.S. Military Academy at West Point graduate, Truesdell was in the Army from May 1985 until October 1991.

Before coming to the Soldotna post, he was assigned with the trooper "B" Detachment in Palmer and the "A" Detachment in Ketchikan.

In Soldotna, Truesdell has been the intoximeter instructor, the Taser instructor and a field training officer.

The Soldotna post is one of three training detachments for the troopers' 18-week field training officer program. The Fairbanks and Palmer detachments also provide that training to academy graduates.

Gilmore was assigned to "E" Detachment's general investigations unit and remained in Soldotna when the Alaska Bureau of Investigation was established.

He joined the troopers in 1993 and originally was assigned to the Ketchikan Post, where he remained until 1997. He was then transferred to Delta Junction and then in 1998 to Fairbanks.

In 2001, Gilmore was transferred to Galena, where he was assigned to rural patrol and served as a village public safety officer oversight officer, directly responsible for three rural villages and with shared responsibility for two others.

Bowman said Gilmore has been involved in all major cases at "E" Detachment since coming to Soldotna.

"He has a real sound background in investigation and has excellent interviewing abilities," Bowman said.

Gilmore will become the supervisor of the investigations unit in Soldotna.

Bowman said Gilmore has established good working relationships with the Kenai prosecutor's office, the courts and other law enforcement agencies on the peninsula.

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