On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Colonel Patrick J. Callahan was sworn in by Governor Chris Christie as the 14th Colonel of the New Jersey State Police.
In April 1995, Colonel Callahan enlisted in the State Police as a member of the 115th Class. He served as Recovery Bureau Chief in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and worked with state and federal partners to develop and implement long-term recovery effort strategies. Colonel Callahan also served as the Commanding Officer of the Emergency Management Section and Assistant State Director of the Office of Emergency Management. He was the chairman of the Command and Control Subcommittee of the Emergency Management Section when New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, working to develop and implement all operations undertaken by the Public Safety Compound.
Colonel Callahan most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, supervising and directing the operational activities of the 1,800 enlisted members assigned to Field Operations as well as the operational duties and responsibilities of the Traffic and Public Safety Office, Victims Services Unit, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Highway Traffic Safety Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Offices within Field Operations.
Colonel Callahan earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Villanova University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Colonel Callahan is the son of retired State Police Major Mick Callahan, who served as Division Staff Section Commanding Officer under Colonel Clinton Pagano, the 9th Superintendent of the State Police. Colonel Callahan resides in Warren County with his wife Linda, two sons and two daughters.