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Last day on the force upcoming for Highway Patrol captain

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After decades of service to South Dakota, a Sioux Falls highway patrol captain will retire tomorrow.

Captain Kevin Joffer started his career in Viborg, beginning his police work in July 1979. In April 1984, he took a job with the Highway Patrol in Elk Point. He was promoted to squad sergeant in 2001 and became lieutenant and assistant district commander for the Sioux Falls district in2002. He became captain and commander of District 2 in July of 2006.

Now, after 30 years, he's preparing for retirement from the force.

"As a commander, I've enjoyed trying to be proactive and to come up with strategies and goals to keep our highways safer," Joffer said.

After his retirement, he plans to spend time with his wife Cindy and three children, and likely continue working on some Highway Patrol projects part-time.

"It's not so much retirement as it is a change in the direction of my energy," he said.

Lieutenant Alan Welsh will replace Joffer after his retirement. Welsh has been employed with the Highway Patrol for 25 years.

"We wish Captain Joffer all the best in retirement,'' Col. Craig Price, superintendent of the Highway Patrol, said. "We will miss him agreat deal, but this is a well-deserved retirement after 30 years of stellar service with the Patrol.''

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