COLUMBUS — A 1981 graduate of Kenton Senior High School was promoted Wednesday to lieutenant colonel, the second-highest rank at the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Michael Black received the appointment to the position held by only two members of the state patrol, effectively making both second in command to Col. Paul A. Pride.
The promotion was announced Wednesday during a ceremony at the patrol’s training academy.
Black began his patrol career in May 1988 as a cadet dispatcher at the Piqua District Headquarters. He began training as a member of the 118th Academy Class in May 1989.
In November 1989, Black was given his first assignment at the Fremont post as a trooper. He transferred to the Marion post in 1994 and in 1995 was promoted to sergeant and transferred to the patrol’s Training Academy.
In 1998, Black transferred to the Delaware post to serve as an assistant post commander. In 1999, he was promoted to lieutenant and transferred to the Hamilton post to serve as the post commander.
In 2004, Black was promoted to staff lieutenant and transferred to the Office of Strategic Services to serve as the legislative liaison for the patrol. He also served in the crime lab, the office of Field Operations and at the Columbus District Headquarters.
In 2011, he was promoted to captain and served as the commander of the Columbus District. In 2012, he was promoted to major and transferred to his most recent assignment in the Office of Criminal Investigations.
Black served in the U.S. Marine Corps. from 1984 to 1988. He completed training at the FBI National Academy in September 1997 and attended the U.S. Army War College in 2012.
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