San Diego Harbor Police Chief John Bolduc will become the new superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Thursday.This hiring follows a national search overseen by law enforcement leaders from across Nebraska.
“John comes to the agency with a reputation for improving organizations,” Ricketts said. “He has the integrity and the experience to drive continuous improvement throughout the State Patrol and lead the organization with the unimpeachable integrity Nebraskans expect.”
Bolduc, 52, currently oversees 170 team members with an annual budget of $38 million. The Port of San Diego is an independent public agency responsible for the management of San Diego Bay.
Since joining the Port in 2010, Bolduc has focused on shaping the Harbor Police into a 21st-century law enforcement agency, Ricketts said.
He has been recognized with a Community Service Award from the National Latino Peace Officers Association and been honored for a partnership with Lincoln and Morse High Schools to introduce students to the Port and Harbor Police.
Other notable accomplishments include:
• Establishing a partnership between Harbor Police and the State Department for training of overseas law enforcement in port security.
• Addressing homelessness on the waterfront through an outreach partnership with the Alpha Project to connect people with services.
• Transforming the Harbor Police Department to an intelligence-led policing model, a combination of technology and people working in concert to address crime and quality-of-life issues.
• Port resilience and emergency planning which has made his agency a leader among ports.
• Focusing on talent acquisition and development through hiring and promoting people at all levels.
Bolduc previously served as Chief of Police for Brainerd and Mora in Minnesota. He began his police officer career in 1986.
“I look forward to quickly overcoming past challenges by working collaboratively with the administration, the leadership team, the community, and our most valued resource, our troopers and staff,” Bolduc said.
Bolduc will take over the reins of the State Patrol on Oct. 16. His salary will be $150,000.