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HELENA - Col. Michael Tooley was formally introduced Thursday as the 17th chief of the Montana Highway Patrol.

Tooley was born in Havre and graduated from Helena Capital High School. He attended Carroll College and was sworn into the Highway Patrol in 1984.

He became District 7 Commander in 2002 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2004.

At a Helena ceremony, Attorney General Steve Bullock promoted Tooley to colonel and introduced him as patrol chief.

Tooley holds a B.S. in public safety administration from Grand Canyon University and was a member of the Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government Class of 2006. He's a 2008 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He succeeds Paul Grimstad who, after 25 years of service including four as chief, is leaving the Highway Patrol.

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