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September 7, 2018
EMPHASIS: Captain Juan O. Villanueva Retires

Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol announces the following retirement effective October 1, 2018:

Captain Juan O. Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, Springfield, MO, retires after more than 31 years of dedicated service.

Villanueva joined the Patrol on July 1, 1987, as a member of the 59th Recruit Class. After graduating from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop A, Zone 13, Saline County. In 1991, he was assigned to the criminal interdiction team in Troop A. He was promoted to corporal in 1993. Villanueva was promoted to sergeant in 1995, and designated zone supervisor of Zone 4, Clay County. He accepted a Missouri State Highway Patrol Valor Award for his actions in 1995. In 1999, he was promoted to lieutenant, and transferred to Troop D Headquarters, Springfield. He attended the Northwestern Police Staff and Command school in 1999, and accepted its Franklin Kreml Leadership Award. Villanueva was promoted to captain and designated commanding officer of Troop D in 2008. In 2017, the Missouri House of Representatives recognized Capt. Villanueva's leadership with a resolution.

Capt. Villanueva graduated from Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, IL, in 1982. He attended the University of Illinois, Culver Stockton College (Canton, MO), and Longview Community College (Lee's Summit, MO). Prior to joining the Patrol, he served as a police officer with the Excelsior Springs Police Department in Excelsior Springs, MO. Capt. Villanueva and his wife of 32 years, Barb, have three grown children. The family tradition of service continues with his son and son-in law, who serve as a trooper and corporal, respectively, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the Troop A area.

A photo of Capt. Villanueva can be found with this news release on the Patrol’s website.