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ISP promotes Priest to area commander

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell announced the promotion this week of 1st Sgt. Robert Priest to the rank of lieutenant to serve as the area investigative commander for southwest Indiana. 

Priest has experience handling cases in Perry County and his new area of command will include Perry and Spencer counties. 

A native of Putnam County and a 1991 graduate from South Putnam High School, Priest attended Indiana State University in Terre Haute until he was hired by the state police.

In December 1994, he graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to the Lafayette District. After 1.5 years at Lafayette, Priest transferred to the Putnamville Post, where he worked Putnam and Hendricks counties until he transferred to the Jasper Post in 1998. Later Priest was promoted to detective and then to the district investigative squad leader for the detectives at the Jasper Post. 

In June 2008 Priest was promoted to first sergeant as the district investigative commander at the Jasper Post.

Priest’s new job responsibilities as the area investigative commander will includeproviding supervision, direction and support for the district investigative commanders and to plan, coordinate and manage investigations within southwest Indiana.