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New Water Patrol Colonel for Missouri

New Water Patrol Colonel for Missouri
By:  Ryan Tate

Colonel Rad Talburt has spent Fourth of Julys the last 25 years working the waterways of Missouri. This year, he gets the day off.

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt appointed Talburt Missouri Water Patrol Colonel last week, the top job in the department.

"It's a dream come true," Talburt said.  Talburt says he is the first Colonel of the Water Patrol in 24 years to be named from the Water Patrol force. The State Senate needs to confirm Talburt before he officially is named Colonel. When he arrives in Jefferson City Tuesday, he admits he becomes a lobbyist for his department.

"We have equipment problems. I need to work on the legislature for that and these guys need more pay," Talburt said.

Talburt worked in Doniphan since joining the water patrol 25 years ago. Talburt says his officers will work extended hours this Fourth of July Weekend, to keep up with the suspected rush of people headed to Heartland rivers and lakes.

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