Commissioner announces appointment of new top cop in state

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora Schriro on Friday announced the appointment of State Police Major Brian F. Meraviglia to the rank of colonel to fill a vacancy left by Col. Danny Stebbins, who announced his retirement last month.

Major Warren “Butch” Hyatt Jr. was appointed to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

“With a combined 59 years of exemplary service in law enforcement, Brian Meraviglia and Butch Hyatt have dedicated their lives to keeping the public safe,” Schriro said in a statement. “They are time-tested leaders whose experience and expertise will be invaluable as we move our state police force forward.”

Meraviglia is a 28-year veteran of the state police who was serving as the acting lieutenant colonel in the Office of Field Operations. He previously served as the commanding officer of the western and central Districts and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Hyatt, who was most recently the commanding officer of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, is a 27-year veteran is the former commanding officer of the central and western districts' major crime squads, Troop A, Homeland Security and the Motor Vehicle Fraud Task Force. He also served as the commanding officer of the Western District, the Bureau of Professional Standards and Compliance.

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