Captain Scott A. Shipers, commanding officer of Troop A, Lee’s Summit, is pleased to announce the assignment of nine new troopers to Troop A.

The new troopers were members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s 106th Recruit Class that graduated from the Patrol Academy on Dec. 21, 2018.

Trooper Casey M. McDonald, of Blue Springs, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 3, which serves the citizens of Clay County. Trooper McDonald is a graduate of Blue Springs High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and criminology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in Kansas City, Missouri. His field training officer will be Trooper Bryan J. Hamerle.

Trooper Chase Adkison, of Kearney, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 4, which serves the citizens of Clay County. Trooper Adkison is a graduate of Kearney High School and attended the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, Missouri. His field training officer will be Trooper Travis L. Goolsby.

Trooper Taylor K. Leftwich, of Palmyra, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 5, which serves the citizens of Ray and Carroll counties. Trooper Leftwich is a graduate of Palmyra High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and business administration from Culver-Stockton College, in Canton, Missouri. His field training officer will be Corporal David J. Kline.

Trooper Zachary D. Davidson, of Harrisonville, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 6, which serves the citizens of Jackson County. Trooper Davidson is a graduate of Harrisonville High School and attended Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kansas. His field training officer will be Trooper Jake T. Langsdale.

Trooper Robert A. Martinez, of Hartsburg, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 8, which serves the citizens of Lafayette County. Trooper Martinez is a graduate of North County R-1 High School, in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He holds a Bachelor of Science in graphic design from Sanford-Brown College. Trooper Martinez’s field training officer will be Corporal Trent A. Baxter.

Trooper Austin L. Royster, of Carthage, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 12, which serves the citizens of Johnson County. Trooper Royster is a graduate of Carthage High School and he attended Missouri Southern State University, in Joplin, Missouri. Trooper Royster is married to Melanie (Hutchinson) Royster and they have two children. His field training officer will be Trooper Chris R. Blackmon.

Trooper Brandon S. Fahnestock, of Kansas City, Kansas, has been assigned to Zone 12, which serves the citizens of Johnson County. Trooper Fahnestock is a graduate of Piper High School, in Kansas City, Kansas. He also attended Highland Community College, in Highland, Kansas, and Columbia Community College, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Trooper Fahnestock is married to Jessica (Mejia) Fahnestock and they have two children. Trooper Fahnestock’s training officer will be Corporal Russell W. Shaul.

Trooper Jonathan R. Atherton, of Fayette, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 15, which serves the citizens of Henry County. Trooper Atherton is a graduate of Main Street High School in Fayette. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Central Methodist University in Fayette. His field training officer will be Sergeant Bill P. Bremer.

Trooper Randall W. Rosenthal, of Conway, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 16, which serves the citizens of Benton County. Trooper Rosenthal is a graduate of Conway High School and he attended Ozarks Technical Community College, in Lebanon, Missouri. His field training officer will be Trooper Justin K. Marlin.