The Director of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Water Patrol Division will be retiring this fall, the MSHP announced today.
Captain Mark E. Richerson, director of the Water Patrol Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, will retire effective September 1, 2016, after over 30 years of service.
Richerson was appointed to the Missouri State Water Patrol on Jan. 5, 1986. Upon graduating from the Water Patrol Academy, he was assigned to Smithville Lake. On July 1, 1986, he transferred to Mark Twain Lake. Richerson was promoted to corporal on June 1, 1995, and assigned to District 4, St. Louis/Jefferson counties. On March 1, 1997, he transferred to the Water Patrol's General Headquarters and assumed the duties of public information/safety officer. He was promoted to sergeant and assigned to District 1, Warsaw, Mo., on January 1, 1999. On December 16, 2006, Richerson was promoted to captain and designated commander of Support Services for the Water Patrol.
On January 1, 2011, Captain Richerson transferred to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's newly created Water Patrol Division. He was named director of the Water Patrol Division on February 1, 2014. It is from this position that he retires.
Capt. Richerson grew up in Pilot Grove, Mo., and graduated from Pilot Grove High School in 1981. Richerson earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration from Central Missouri State University (now known as University of Central Missouri), in 1985. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command in 2011. Capt. Richerson and his wife Condra have two grown sons.