MSHP Colonel Eric T. Olson announces promotion of Major Lance M. MacLaughlin

Monday, December 21, 2020
Major Lance M. MacLaughlin

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces Major Lance M. MacLaughlin is being promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel effective Jan. 1, 2021, and will serve as the assistant superintendent. In addition to acting in the superintendentís absence and at his request, Lt. Col. MacLaughlin has direct oversight over the Professional Standards Division, Public Information and Education Division, and the Patrol's legal counsel.

MacLaughlin joined the Patrol on July 1, 1995, as a member of the 70th Recruit Class. Upon graduating from the Patrolís Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop A, Zone 1, Platte County. He transferred to Zone 10, Saline County, in May 1997. MacLaughlin was promoted to corporal on Aug. 1, 2001, and was designated assistant zone supervisor of Zone 10. On Nov. 16, 2003, he was promoted to sergeant and designated zone supervisor of Zone 16, Benton County. On Jan. 1, 2006, he transferred to the Training Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, as an instructor. In August of that same year, he transferred to the Professional Standards Division. MacLaughlin was promoted to lieutenant on July 1, 2007. He was designated assistant director of the Professional Standards Division on June 1, 2011. He was promoted to captain and designated director of the Budget and Procurement Division on Sept. 1, 2012. MacLaughlin was promoted to the rank of major and designated commander of the Executive Services Bureau on Sept. 1, 2017. As a major, he served as a member of the Patrolís Command Staff with direct oversight responsibility for the Budget and Procurement Division, Research and Development Division, and legislative liaison.

Lt. Col. MacLaughlin was born in Fort Benning, Ga. He graduated from Marshall High School, Marshall, Mo., in 1988. He earned a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Missouri Valley College, Marshall, in 1991. In 2000, he earned his Master of Science in criminal justice administration from the University of Central Missouri (then Central Missouri State University). Lt. Col. MacLaughlin and his wife, Teri, have four sons, Bradley, Ian, Conner and Cooper.