After 36 years in law enforcement, Srgt. Cody Fulkerson of the Missouri Highway Patrol is stepping down.

Many will recognize Fulkerson as the communications person for Troop I, others may remember the 6 years he spent as a police officer with the city of Rolla. 

Regardless of where it was, Fulkerson has led a long and interesting career in law enforcement. 

After serving the community of Rolla for 6 years as a member of the police department, Fulkerson joined the highway patrol in 1992 and was assigned to Troop I. Since then, Fulkerson said he has been assigned all over the state and involved in many different types of incidents and crisis. 

“Some of these were natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast. Tornadoes in Caruthersville, Joplin and Rolla and the floods of Pulaski County,” he said.”I was assigned as a world-wide trainer and have assisted numerous different police agencies around the country as well as the Canadian Mounted Police in Edmonton, Alberta and the Philippine National Police in Manila.

I was appointed to the Governor’s Personal Protection Detail in 2006 and served on the detail for two administrations with Governor(s) Blunt and Nixon respectfully.”

In 2010, he returned to Troop I where he served as a Zone Commander until being appointed to his current position as the Public Information Sergeant in 2014. 

For many, Fulkerson is the person to go to for answers and information. He will be honored with a retirement reception on July 28, at Troop I headquarters in Rolla. The public is invited to attend. The reception gets underway at 1:00 p.m. 

After retirement, Fulkerson said he plans to take a few weeks off but will then focus on a new position with the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco. Until then, Fulkerson said he plans to spend some time hanging out with his 6-year-old son, Aiden.