A Camdenton alum is being promoted within the Missouri State Highway Patrol to director of the Training Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City. According to a press release from the MSHP, Lt. Jerry C. West will be promoted to the rank of captain and designated director on May 1, 2017.

A Camdenton alum is being promoted within the Missouri State Highway Patrol to director of the Training Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City. According to a press release from the MSHP, Lt. Jerry C. West will be promoted to the rank of captain and designated director on May 1, 2017. 

Born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., West graduated from Camdenton High School in 1980. He was appointed to the patrol on Aug. 3, 1986, as a member of the 58th Recruit Class. Upon graduating from the patrol's academy, he was assigned to Troop F, Zone 3, Boone County. On Feb. 1, 1994, West was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone commander of Zone 3, Columbia, Mo. He was promoted to sergeant and designated zone commander of that same zone on Dec. 1, 1996. On June 29, 2003, West transferred to the Training Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, as an instructor. He was promoted to lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Training Division on Feb. 6, 2007. On April 16, 2010, he transferred to the Human Resources Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, as an assistant director. West returned to the Training Division as assistant director on July 1, 2013.

West has two daughters, Danielle and Kayla.

Lt. Julie A. Kerr, originally from Salem, Mo., will also be promoted to the rank of captain and designated director of the Human Resources Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, on May 1.

Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced the promotions April 21.