John Bolduc Nebraska State Patrol

Gov. Pete Ricketts, left, listens as John Bolduc introduces himself Sept. 7 during a press conference at the Capitol. Ricketts nominated Bolduc to serve as superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.

Gwyneth Roberts, Lincoln Journal Star

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts is nominating John Bolduc, who has served as police chief for the port of San Diego, to be the next superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.

Ricketts introduced Bolduc, who must be approved by the Legislature after it convenes in January, at a Thursday press conference. His first day will be Oct. 16.

Previously, the 52-year-old Bolduc, who is from Minnesota, served 23 years in that state in the cities of Brainerd as police chief, Mora as police chief and Maple Grove, a suburb of Minneapolis, as a police officer and supervisor.

The new superintendent will replace Col. Brad Rice, who was fired by Ricketts after findings from a state review suggested interference in internal investigations at the highest level.

The review, led by Nebraska Chief Human Resources Officer Jason Jackson, found Rice interfered with internal affairs investigations at least four times and violated the agency's workplace harassment and equal opportunity policies, and that Rice was thought to be too friendly with the State Patrol union.

Ricketts appointed a search group to help him find and vet a replacement. Members of that group were Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, Weysan Dun, a retired FBI executive, Deborah Gilg, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska, and Hall County Public Defender Gerry Piccolo.

Ricketts said the next leader will "drive continuous improvement throughout the organization and lead with the unimpeachable integrity Nebraskans expect.”

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