Patrick Hoye, a Storm Lake native with 25 years of experience in law enforcement, has been appointed as the Chief of the Iowa State Patrol.
A public ceremony will be held Tuesday at the Iowa State Historical Building, starting at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate Hoye's appointment. The public is invited to attend.
"I am extremely honored to be given the opportunity," Hoye said. "I am looking forward to serving with the great men and women of our organization and providing the best services we can to the citizens of Iowa."
Hoye grew up in Storm Lake attending St. Mary's Schools and following in the footsteps of his brother Joe, a former Storm Lake Police Captain.
"My senior year in high school, Joe told me there was an opening for a part-time dispatcher on the midnight shift. I tried it, and came back to it between my college years, so I really owe my big brother a big thanks for my career," Hoye said.
At 22, he became a State Trooper, and headed up the DARE anti-drug-and-alcohol education program locally. He was promoted to district commander in Spencer, and then reassigned to Des Moines to become a Captain in charge of field operations in 2005.
He has had some of the most challenging and colorful assignments in the Patrol - heading up security for the State Fair and the Iowa Statehouse complex.
Most recently, he was chosen as supervisor for the elite Executive Protection Unit, which is charged with the 24-hour protection of Governor Culver and his family.
Hoye, who celebrates his 48th birthday this weekend, jokes that he appointment comes as a memorable birthday present.
He replaces Col. Robert O. Garrison, who retires from the Patrol after 32 years this month, becoming Chief of Security for the Department of Corrections.
Iowa Public Safety Commissioner Eugene Meyer said Hoye is an ideal leader for the future of the State Patrol. "Colonel Hoye knows how to solve problems and has strong leadership and team building skills," he said.
Hoye recently completed a Secret Service training program to hone his skills in protecting the Culvers.
"You have to be constantly watchful," he said, noting that there was a lot of aggressive emotion aimed at the governor due to his stance on increasing cigarette taxes.
"The whole Culver family has been great to work with," Hoye adds. "You have to remember that this has been a tremendous life change for them. There's no more jumping in the car and running out for a sandwich for them. They now have a shadow eveywhere they go - and that can be a challenge for a family with young children."
Hoye's appointment was effective Wednesday. In his new role as Chief of the Patrol, Hoye wants to place priority attention on reducing fatality accidents, preventing drunk and drugged driving, improving seat-belt usage and stemming the flow of drug trafficking on Iowa roads.
The Iowa State Patrol has nearly 400 troopers patroling the state's nearly 114,000 miles of roadways.
Pat and wife Renee have two children, Ryan and Katie, and live in Pleasant Hill, but "Storm Lake is always home," he says.
Pat's nephew, Paul, continues the family legacy of Storm Lake public service, heading up the city's financial department. Pat's son, Ryan, attended Buena Vista University en route to a recent degree in education earlier this year.