Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announced effective Jan 1, Trooper Brian T. Hillyer will retire from the Missouri State Highway Patrol after 24 years of dedicated service.

Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announced effective Jan 1, Trooper Brian T. Hillyer will retire from the Missouri State Highway Patrol after 24 years of dedicated service.

Trooper Hillyer was appointed to the Patrol on January 1, 1995, as a member of the 69th Recruit Class. After graduating from the Patrol Academy, he was assigned to Troop B, Zone 6, Clark and Scotland counties. It is from this assignment that Hillyer retires.

During his tenure, Trooper Hillyer was assigned to numerous details across the state including the state fair detail, Al Gore security detail, 1999 Governors Convention, and the Ferguson detail. Trooper Hillyer was also assigned to the Hurricane Katrina detail in Louisiana.

Trooper Hillyer is a native of Imogene, Iowa and graduated from Nishna Valley High School. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in sociology and a minor in criminal justice. He served in the United States Navy from 1986 until he was honorably discharged in 1992. He is married to Karma (Spence) and they have two children: Bailee Kiger (Hillyer), Shannon Hillyer, and three grandchildren.

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