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First woman appointed Nevada Highway Patrol colonel

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Oct 19, 2020

The Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director George Togliatti has appointed Anne Carpenter as Colonel of the Nevada DPS, Highway Patrol Division.

Colonel Carpenter officially takes command of the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) on Oct. 19. She will oversee 491 sworn officers and 96 non-sworn personnel.

Former Colonel Daniel Solow announced his retirement earlier this month.

The appointment of Carpenter marks history, as she is the first woman to hold the position of Colonel for the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol Division.

Carpenter's distinguished career with the Department began in 1995 as a DPS Officer. She has risen through the ranks, serving with the Parole and Probation Division as an Officer, Sergeant, Major, and, most recently, as Chief, overseeing 330 sworn officers and 264 non-sworn personnel.

Carpenter also served with the Highway Patrol Division, promoting to Lieutenant in December of 2005, overseeing the Day Shift Operations, Rural Operations, and Risk Management.

In June of 2012, she was promoted to Captain and responsible for the Administrative Unit (including Dispatch, Evidence, Fleet, and Personnel), Commercial Vehicle Unit, Rural, Day Shift and Graveyard Operations, and the K9 / Interdiction Unit.