New Commander At Troop H

Troop H’s loss is HQ’s gain. The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced two promotions that effect Northwest Missouri.

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Patrol, announces that effective April 1, 2014, Lieutenant James McDonald will be promoted to captain, and will become commanding officer of Troop H.

Captain Duane L. Robinson, the current Troop H commander, is being promoted to the rank of major and transferring to General Headquarters in Jefferson City, MO, where he will serve as the commander of the Support Service Bureau.

Colonel Replogle also announced the retirement of the current Support Services Bureau commander, Major Dale A. Schmidt, after over 34 years of service to the citizens of Missouri.

McDonald was appointed to the Patrol on January 1, 1992, as a member of the 64th Recruit Class. Upon completing his training at the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop H, Zone 8, Clinton County. On January 1, 1997, he was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone commander of Troop H, Zone 2, Nodaway County. McDonald was promoted to sergeant on August 1, 1999, and designated zone supervisor of that same zone. On August 22, 2004, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to Troop H Headquarters.

Captain McDonald was born in Mexico, MO. He graduated from Community R-VI High School in Laddonia, MO, in 1981. McDonald served in the U.S. Army from 1982-1987 as a military policeman. He attended the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2011. Capt. McDonald and his wife, Beth (Adams), have three children and three grandchildren.