Colonel Michael Gerhart Jr. was appointed Superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol by Governor Doug Burgum in December 2016 after originally being appointed to the position by Governor Jack Dalrymple in July 2014.
Colonel Gerhart began his career with the North Dakota Highway Patrol in 1992. As a trooper he was stationed in Kenmare and Minot. In May 2004, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and served as a regional sergeant in Minot. He was promoted to lieutenant in August 2007 and served as the Highway Patrol’s Safety and Education Officer. In 2009, he relocated to the Law Enforcement Training Academy as Training Director. Gerhart was promoted to major in 2011 and served as the Field Operations Commander.
Colonel Gerhart received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Business Administration from Dickinson State University in 1991. He is a 2006 graduate of Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s School of Police Staff and Command.
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