Carson Resident Is First Female NHP Captain

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An 11-year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol has become the first woman to be promoted to the rank of captain in patrol history.

Jacquelyn Sandage, 34, of Carson City, was promoted during a Friday ceremony in Reno.

Sandage is taking over the Reno urban command where she’ll oversee 90 troopers and other employees.

At the ceremony, patrol Col. Dave Hosmer noted Sandage’s quick move up the ranks. She was the first woman promoted to lieutenant only last year.

“It is with a great sense of pride that we get to promote Jackie at somewhat lightning speed,” he said. “Boy, if there’s a glass ceiling at the highway patrol, look out, there’s a titan missile on the way.”

Sandage was a substitute elementary school teacher in Reno before becoming a trooper in 1992.

Her husband, Ken Sandage, is a lieutenant with the Carson City Sheriff’s Department.