Governor-Elect Rick Snyder will soon announce two new big appointments.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick says Kirk Steudle will remain as director of the Michigan Department of Transportation and Lt. Colonel Kristie Etue will be named to run the Michigan State Police.

Etue enlisted with the department in 1987, and graduated as a member of the 101st Trooper Recruit School. She has served at the Brighton and Coldwater posts, Special Operations Division and the Prevention Services Section before being promoted into the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division in 2002. While serving at the Brighton Post, Etue was named First District Trooper of the Year. In 2006 she was promoted to lieutenant colonel and commander of the Administrative Services Bureau. She is the first female to obtain the rank of lieutenant colonel in the department’s history.

Steudle began his career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 1987. As a registered professional engineer, Steudle has been engaged in all aspects of Michigan transportation. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm appointed him State Transportation Director on March 4, 2006. Steudle is a graduate of Adrian High School and Lawrence Technological University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering. He also served on the Essexville City Council from 1995 to 1999. Steudle and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and live in South Lyon.

A formal announcement is expected on Wednesday afternoon in Lansing.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest.


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