The New Jersey State Police have announced that Lieutenant Colonel Patrick J. Callahan will succeed Colonel Rick Fuentes to become the Division’s 15th Superintendent. Lieutenant Colonel Callahan replaces Colonel Fuentes who has served as Superintendent since being appointed by Governor James McGreevey in 2003. Governor Chris Christie selected Lieutenant Colonel Callahan as Superintendent effective November 1. Lieutenant Colonel Callahan earned his Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He enlisted in the State Police in April 1995, as a member of the 115th Class. He was most recently the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, supervising and directing the operational activities of the 1,800 enlisted members assigned to Field Operations, as well as the operational duties and responsibilities of the Traffic and Public Safety Office, Victims Services Unit, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Highway Traffic Safety Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Offices within Field Operations. Callahan served as the Recovery Bureau Chief in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and worked with state and federal partners to develop and implement long term recovery effort strategies. He served as the commanding officer of the Emergency Management Section and Assistant State director of the Office of Emergency Management. He was the chairman of the Command and Control Subcommittee of the Emergency Management Section when New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, working to develop and implement all operations undertaken by the Public Safety Compound. “I am truly privileged to have had the honor of leading one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the country. I attribute the agency’s accomplishments to the outstanding efforts and sacrifices of the civilian and enlisted men and women of the New Jersey State Police,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “I have the utmost confidence in the experience and leadership Lieutenant Colonel Callahan will bring to the Office of the Superintendent.” “I am truly humbled and honored that Governor Christie has the trust and confidence in me to afford me this opportunity and I look forward to the continued privilege of serving the citizens of New Jersey,” said Lieutenant Colonel Callahan. Callahan is the son of retired State Police Major Mick Callahan, who served as Chief of Staff for Colonel Clinton Pagano, the 9th Superintendent of State Police. Callahan and his wife Linda have two sons and two daughters.