New commander takes helm of Troop D

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CITY OF ONEIDA — The New York State Police have announced a new commander for the Troop D zone, which covers Oneida County and the surrounding area.

Major Darrin S. Pitkin, age 52, of Dexter, in Jefferson County, took command of Troop D on Thursday. He replaces outgoing commander Major Phillip T. Rougeux, who is taking on a new assignment in the central region, officials said.

Pitkin is the 30th commander of Troop D, which covers Oneida, Madison, Lewis, Herkimer, Jefferson, Oswego and Onondaga counties.

Pitkin joined the state police on Oct. 1, 1990, officials said. He was promoted to sergeant in 1996, and then promoted to station commander in Alexandria Bay later that year.

Pitkin served several years as a zone sergeant in Watertown, before joining Troop D headquarters in Oneida as a lieutenant in February 2000.

Pitkin was promoted to captain in January 2004 and served four months on the Thruway before becoming commander of Troop D Zone 3 in Watertown in May of that year.

Major Pitkin is a 1989 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, with a Master’s Degree from Marist College.

He is married and has three grown children.

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