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Washington State Patrol Association hopes for new chief

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol wants Governor-elect, Jay Inslee to find a replacement for the state's Patrol Chief, John Batiste. 

The Washington State Patrol Troopers Association President, Tommie Pillow, says the current chief is out of touch. Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Batiste in 2005.

A spokesman for the chief says Batiste isn't currently focusing on future plans, and a spokesman for Inslee says he's still considering suggestions for cabinet positions.

Pillow says he already has a replacement in mind for the chief's job. He says the union supports Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar, who has recruited 10 troopers to work for the city. Farrar says he's interested, but Inslee's transition team hasn't contacted him.

Washington State Patrol currently has more than 2,400 employees statewide, the patrol's union represents about 1,000 troopers and sergeants.

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