Karsten is MSHP’s first female superintendent

Sandra Karsten

Sandra Karsten

By: 
JOAN HART

If you had been within hearing distance of the General Headquarters of the Missouri State Highway Patrol on the afternoon of March 14, 2017, you would have heard the breaking and falling of glass as Lt. Colonel Sandra Karsten was sworn in as the first female superintendent of the patrol, thus shattering the glass ceiling of this historic 85-year-old Missouri institution.

Colonel Karsten has held every rank in the MSHP and now as colonel she is in command of the entire organization, which employs almost 2,400 people, including 1,221 officers.

Although Colonel Karsten has a very busy schedule, she was gracious in giving me some of her time to do a telephone interview with me last week.

My first question of course was the obvious.  How did it feel to be the first woman colonel of the MSHP?  Her first reply was also obvious. It is “overwhelming.” Upon taking the oath of office, she told Gov. Greitens, “I am honored and humbled to take the oath of office as the 23rd superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.”

The announcement was first made in February and since that time she has received support from many people, the most important being her family and also the Highway Patrol family consisting of the troopers and their staff.

For the complete column, see the Wednesday print edition of The Daily Record, or view the e-Edition online.

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