SEATTLE - A Washington State Patrol trooper who was a district commander was reassigned after he let his son and his son’s girlfriend into a Seahawks game for which they had no tickets.
KIRO 7’s partner, the News Tribune, reported:
“The former commander, Ken Noland, was removed Jan. 10 as the District 1 commander after State Patrol Chief John Batiste lost confidence in his ability to lead, agency spokesman Bob Calkins confirmed. Noland was reassigned as a lieutenant with the State Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau, Calkins said.”
In a telephone call to The News Tribune on Tuesday, Noland said, “I made a mistake, the chief made his decision, and I’m moving forward.”
A source told the News Tribune that Noland had been moonlighting, off-duty but in WSP uniform, as security at CenturyLink Field. He was stationed at one of the entrances during the regular season game.
“At one point Noland asked a ticket taker to allow his son and the son’s girlfriend into the game even though they had no tickets. The ticket taker refused, but Noland later was able to get them admitted.
Another State Patrol employee saw the exchange and reported Noland to superiors. Batiste then reassigned Noland,” according to the News Tribune.