Iowa’s new Chief of the Iowa State Patrol will be sworn into office during a special ceremony Tuesday in Des Moines. Colonel Patrick Hoye was introduced as the State Patrol’s new leader last week. Hoye started his career with the Iowa State Patrol as a Trooper in 1982 and says he never dreamed 25 years ago that he would become Colonel.
"When you’re working the midnight shift, that you’ve (spent) two or three years on, you can’t even fathom that far down the road," Hoye told Radio Iowa. "It’s just been a wonderful career for me…I don’t think I could have chosen a better career or organization for me personally."
Hoye, who is a native of Storm Lake, says he’s looking forward to the challenges of leading the Patrol. Hoye says his goal is to simply "provide the citizens of Iowa with the best service." Hoye and his wife Renee have two children, Ryan and Katie, and currently resident in the Des Moines suburb of Pleasant Hill.
Hoye will take the official oath of office at Tuesday’s ceremony, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Iowa State Historical Building. The event is open to the public. Hoye is replacing Colonel Robert Garrison, who retired from the State Patrol to become the head of security for the Iowa Department of Corrections.