The Washington State Patrol’s top trooper is Longview native Scott Betts.
Gov. Chris Gregoire and State Patrol Chief John Batiste honored Betts with the 2009 Chief Will Bachofner Award, otherwise known as state trooper of the year.
The May 4 ceremony was held at the State Patrol Academy in Shelton.
Betts, 38, grew up in Longview and graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1990. He’s now in Anacortes, but his mother, Pat Spencer, father, Ray Betts, and other family members still live in Longview.
“I’m extremely proud of him and the work that he does in keeping us all safe,” his mother said Monday. “I was proud of him before, but it’s always nice as a parent to see your children recognized for the adults that they’ve become.”