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Capt. Jim Parish

Capt. Jim Parish will retire on Dec. 31 after dedicating 36 years to the citizens of Nebraska as an officer and commander.

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Parish is the commander of the Nebraska State Patrol Troop D, headquartered in North Platte.

“Through his work with the Nebraska State Patrol and his involvement in the community, Jim has devoted his career to serving the citizens of Nebraska,” said Col. David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “His dedication, knowledge and compassion will be greatly missed.”

Parish, 58, has been the Commander of Troop D-North Platte since January 1996.

He began his career in 1977 with the field services division in Lincoln. During his time as a trooper, he served as an instructor for detection and apprehension of drivers under the influence.

In 1983, Parish transferred to investigative services and was stationed in Lexington. He was later promoted to sergeant in North Platte. He was later promoted to lieutenant in investigative services and stationed in Omaha.

Parish was reassigned to the field services division in 1993 and subsequently promoted to captain in command of Troop D headquarters-North Platte.

Parish holds a bachelors of science degree in industrial education and is a 1998 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He served a term on the North Platte city council from 2006-10.

Parish and wife Lisa will celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28. They have four sons.


Parish's retirement was the one of two top-tier retirements that were announced Tuesday by the NSP.

The commander of the NSP Training Academy in Grand Island, Capt. Mike Kerby, will also retire Dec. 31 after 35 years on the job.

Kerby, 57, has been in command of the Training Academy located in Grand Island since October 2004. He began his career in Road Operations in 1978 in Fremont.

“We will miss his quick wit, his vast knowledge and unwavering commitment to the agency and the people it serves,” NSP Superintendent Col. David Sankey said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 12/16/2013
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