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Col. Joe Gasper became the 19th Director of the Department of State Police on January 1, 2019.
Gasper is a 1998 graduate of the state's trooper recruit school. He was assigned to the Negaunee Post in the state's Upper Peninsula upon graduation. During his first five years with the department he worked as a uniform tropper at the post and on undercover assignments with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET).
In 2004, Gasper was appointed to sergeant with the Executive Protection Unit where he served on Gov. Jennifer GRANHOLM's security detail for two years before being assigned as a detective to the Grand Haven post.
In 2015, Gasper was put in charge of the newly created State Executive Security Division and promoted to Captain.
Col. Gasper is a vice president of the Midwest Region for the National Governors Security Association. He also represents the Michigan State Police on the Michigan Aeronautics Commission.