On Tuesday, ISP Supterintendent Paul Whitesell announced F/Sgt. Dan Jones had been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant to serve as Commander of the post.
Jones received the promotion through written testing and a competitive interview process.
Jones replaced Lt. George Schneider, who commanded the post from 1980-2008.
Schneider accepted a position as Field Enforcement Commander for the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.
Jones, a 19-year ISP veteran, graduated from the ISP Recruit Academy in 1989.
He was assigned to the Terre Haute ISP Post, where he worked road patrol duties.
Promoted to sergeant in 2001, Jones was transferred to the Putnamville Post, where he surpervised troopers assigned to Hendricks County.
In 2004, Jones was promoted to F/Sgt. and returned to the Terre Haute ISP Post, where he served as Assistant Commander until the promotion.
Jones had previously served on the department's Underwater Search and Recovery Team (SCUBA), Tactical Intervention Platoon (TIP) and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams and is a recipient of the Combat Action Award.
From 1984-87, Jones served active duty in the United States Marine Corps, with the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and the First Marine Air Wing in Okinawa, Japan, and Subic Bay, Philippines as a Military Policeman, where he attained the rank of Sergeant.
After leaving the military, Jones worked as a correctional officer at the Putnamville Correctional Facility and the Federal Prison in Terre Haute until his acceptance to the State Police Recruit Academy.
Jones, the son of the late Thomas and Martha Jones, graduated from Van Buren High School in 1982 and obtained an Associates Degree in Criminology from Vincennes University in 2000.
Jones has three children and is married to Deanna, a State Police detective assigned to the Putnamville ISP Post.
They reside in Parke County.