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Colonel Paul A. Pride, a 27-year veteran, joined the Patrol in 1989 as a member of the 118th Academy Class. He received his commission in November of that year and was assigned to the Marietta Post, where he received the Patrol’s Superintendent’s Citation of Merit Award in 1990. Two years later he was named both Post and District Trooper of the year. In January 1996 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Jackson Post to serve as assistant post commander. As a sergeant he also served at the Marietta Post and the Gallipolis Post. In May 2000 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and served as the Jackson Post commander.
In February 2002 he was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant and transferred to the Jackson District Headquarters to serve as the assistant district commander. In February 2006 he was promoted to captain and transferred to the Cambridge District Headquarters to serve as the district commander. In May 2007 he transferred to serve as commander of the Jackson District. Colonel Pride was promoted to the rank of major in January 2011 and transferred to serve as commander of the Office of Special Operations in Columbus. In 2012 he was promoted to the second highest rank of Lt. Colonel and served as an assistant superintendent. He was appointed as the 18th Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol on July 31, 2013, by Director of Public Safety John Born and Governor John Kasich.
Throughout his career and continuing as superintendent his vision for criminal patrol efforts is integral on the program’s success. His direction to troopers has always been: stop cars, talk to people, sell traffic safety and look beyond the original reason for the traffic stop for signs of criminal activity.
Colonel Pride has a degree from Ohio University. He has completed Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command training at the FBI’s National Academy and the FBI’s National Executive Institute in Quantico, Virginia.
Prior to joining the Patrol, Colonel Pride served seven years in the United States Marine Corps. He is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.