Florida Highway Patrol Director, Col. David Brierton, promoted Michael Thomas to major effective Dec. 16. Thomas began his FHP career in 1987 as a member of the 79th recruit class. He has served in Broward County as a K-9 officer, in Marion County as a district lieutenant and in Orange and Osceola counties as a district captain. His new assignment is to lead patrol operations in the Tampa Bay area.
Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran and holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Barry University in Fort Lauderdale. He is also a recent graduate of the Leadership in Police Organizations Program, which the U.S. Military Academy and the International Association of Chiefs of Police developed.