PDT Staff Writer
Lieutenant Karla Taulbee is leaving her job as commander of the Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol to lead the Jackson District Criminal Patrol Unit. The Portsmouth Post is part of the Jackson District.
“My responsibility is going to cover a wider area, the whole district,” Taulbee said. “I’m looking forward to working with all the people, and I will be learning more things, supervising the Canine Division, so working with the dogs is going to be new, with the training and all that goes into that.”
Taulbee is not new to investigative work.
“So I will be just getting back into that, doing the plain clothes investigations,” Taulbee said. “As always, I want to get the drugs off the street. And I think what I have learned from the troopers here from my experience, and I want to spread that experience throughout the district. I just want to get the current patrol section really going strong.”
Taulbee said, being Portsmouth Post Commander has been a positive experience.
“It has been a big learning experience and it has been just wonderful,” Taulbee said. “This is just a hopping post, it is really busy and I have learned a lot. The people I work with here are wonderful. I think it was more beneficial for me coming here as a sergeant. I know all the troopers and the dispatchers; the support staff, plus the other agencies in the community, as well as ODOT, and the County Engineer. Add to that, the Portsmouth and New Boston Police Departments, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and the courts. So I had those connections already when I came here. That made it a lot easier for me.”
The Post is getting a new commander next week. Lt. Michael R. Gore will transfer from his most recent assignment at the Ironton Post to take command of the Portsmouth Post on March 24.
Gore began his Patrol career in 1986 as cadet dispatcher at the Jackson Post. Less than a year later he began training as a member of the 116th Academy Class. He earned his commission in September 1987 and was assigned to the Ironton Post, where he was selected as Post Trooper of the Year 1996.
In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Jackson Post to serve as an assistant post commander. In 1999, he transferred back to the Ironton Post. In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and took command of the Ironton Post. Gore completed training at Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in 2007.
“I hate leaving, but this is going to be a new challenge for me,” Taulbee said. “I learned a whole lot for myself and the division, including patience. When Lt. (Mike) Crispen was here, he taught me I had to learn patience. That has been invaluable.”
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at email@example.com.