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April 9, 2024
EMPHASIS: Captain Jason M. Pace To Retire May 1, 2024

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol, announces the following retirement:

Captain Jason M. Pace, director of the Recruiting & Community Outreach Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO, will retire effective May 1, 2024, after 26 years and 10 months of dedicated service.

Pace was appointed to the Patrol on July 1, 1997, as a member of the 74th Recruit Class. After completing his training at the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop I, Laclede County. In January 2001, he transferred to Troop D, Springfield, Zone 1, Greene County. In 2004, Pace was assigned as a full-time recruiter with responsibilities covering four troops. In 2005, Pace was promoted to corporal and remained in that position. On December 1, 2008, Pace was promoted to sergeant and remained a full-time recruiter. Pace was designated as a public information and education officer assigned to Troop D on May 1, 2011. On June 1, 2019, he was promoted to lieutenant and named assistant director of the Recruiting & Community Outreach Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City. On August 1, 2022, Pace was promoted to captain and designated the director of Recruiting & Community Outreach Division, General Headquarters.

Captain Pace was born in Rolla, MO, and graduated from Houston High School in Houston, MO, in 1989. He attended Harding University, in Searcy, AR, and graduated with a bachelor of business administration in 1993. In 1995, he graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, with a master of public administration. He graduated from Leadership in Police Organizations training in Jefferson City in 2015. Captain Pace is married to Jennifer (Decker), and together they have three children, Blake, Brooke, and Blair, and two grandchildren.

A photograph of Capt. Pace is posted with this news release on the Patrol’s website.