There’s a new head of the Highway Patrol’s Water Division.

Officials promoting Lieutenant Michael Petlansky to Captain and designating him director of the Water Patrol Division in Jefferson City.

The St. Louis native served in the US Coast Guard, before joining the patrol in 2001, where he served in booth Troop A and Troop C.

He takes over for Captain Matt Walz who retired in September.

Walz had been involved with the Water Patrol for nearly 30 years at the Lake of the Ozarks.


October 29, 2020
EMPHASIS: Colonel Eric T. Olson Announces Promotions

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following promotions effective November 1, 2020:

Lieutenant Michael A. Petlansky, Q/WPD, is being promoted to the rank of captain and designated director of the Water Patrol Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO.

Petlansky was appointed to the Patrol on January 16, 2001, as a member of the 78th Recruit Class. After graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop A, Zone 3, Clay County. On September 1, 2004, he transferred to Troop C, Zone 13, Jefferson County. Petlansky was promoted to corporal and transferred to Troop C, Zone 1, North St. Louis County on May 28, 2006. He was promoted to sergeant on January 1, 2011, and designated zone supervisor of Troop C, Zone 2, North St. Louis County. On September 1, 2016, Petlansky was promoted to lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Water Patrol Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO.

Captain Petlansky was born in the city of St. Louis, MO, and graduated from Bishop DuBourg High School in St. Louis, in 1996. He then served honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years. Petlansky earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO, in 2001. He graduated from Leadership in Policing Organizations training in 2015. Capt. Petlansky and his wife Donna have two sons, Michael and Mason.