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For immediate release:  

March 7, 2017  

Newly Appointed Colonel Ritzman Meet and Greet with Media

DES MOINES, Iowa – Newly appointed Colonel Jeff N. Ritzman will be available for media interviews on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the Oran Pape State Office Building (DPS Headquarters), Room 125.  Colonel Ritzman feels it is important to address the media in his first days as leading the Iowa State Patrol.

Colonel Ritzman will participate in one-on-one interviews with news media on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Areas of interview discussion may include:

  • Policing in the 21st Century carries new challenges.  Responding to these challenges at times requires new, innovative approaches to leadership and management.  He is dedicated to ensuring the Iowa State Patrol stands ready to adapt to these challenges.
  • The significant support role provided by members of the Iowa State Patrol to our partners.  This includes expertise and assets we offer on a daily basis to the members of county, local, state and federal law enforcement.  This unified approach is invaluable as we all work to ensure the safety for all Iowans.
  • Staffing across the State Patrol Division-seeking qualified applicants and ensuring we meet our budget expectations.
  • Colonel Ritzman will be eager to share his dedication to the outstanding women and men of the State Patrol Division, highlighting their commitment to all Iowans.

Media contact: Iowa State Patrol Lieutenant Rob Hansen at (515) 418-4701.


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