Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Olson, assistant superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, will be the guest speaker for the Boy Scout Sunday service at Chillicothe United Methodist Church on Feb. 4.
Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Olson, assistant superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, will be the guest speaker for the Boy Scout Sunday service at Chillicothe United Methodist Church on Feb. 4. The service, which is conducted by Boy Scouts, begins at 10:45 a.m. in the church sanctuary. In addition to acting in the superintendent’s absence and at her request, Olson has direct oversight over the Professional Standards Division, Public Information & Education Division, and the Office of Community Engagement & Outreach. Olson was appointed to the Patrol on July 1, 1990, as a member of the 63rd Recruit Class. Upon completing his training at the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop H, Zone 4, Mercer County. Olson then transferred to Zone 8, Maysville, in 1992. He was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone supervisor of Zone 1, Holt County, in 1995. In 1997 he was promoted to sergeant and designated zone supervisor of Zone 3, Harrison County. In July, 2004 he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to Troop B Headquarters in Macon. Ten years later in 2014, Olson was promoted to the rank of captain and designated commanding officer of Troop A, Lee’s Summit. Just one year later he transferred to the Division of Drug & Crime Control where he served as director. In January 2017, Olson was promoted to major where he served as commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, General Headquarters, Jefferson City. In that capacity, Olson had direct oversight responsibility for the Crime Laboratory Division, Division of Drug & Crime Control, Gaming Division, and Missouri Information Analysis Center. In March of last year he was promoted to his currently position, that of lieutenant colonel of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Olson grew up Chillicothe, was a member of both Cub Scout Pack 120 and Boy Scout Troop 120 and served in various youth leadership roles under his scoutmaster, Vince Moore. He earned his Eagle Scout Rank and God & Country Religious Emblem 1982. He was tapped into the Tribe of Mic-O-Say in 1981 and currently holds the rank of Sachem in the Tribe. Olson graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1986, was a member of the CHS Jazz Band where he played trumpet and also was a member of the 1985 CHS State Championship football team. After graduating high school, Olson went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., in 1990. He then completed the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in June 2011. Olson currently resides in Jefferson City with his wife, Ronda (Willis). They have two sons, Lance and Garett.