Christopher Knight named Director of the Florida Highway Patrol
CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator
June 29, 2001
TALLAHASSEE— Christopher A. "Chris" Knight today was named Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. Knight, 44, has been Chief of Field Operations for the FHP’s Region I (North). He succeeds Colonel Charles "Curt" Hall, who is retiring tomorrow after 35 years with the Patrol.
The appointment was made by Fred O. Dickinson, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
"It was an extremely difficult decision to make because there were so many outstanding candidates for the job," Mr. Dickinson said. "The excellence of the other two finalists, Chief Larry Austin and Chief Jim Lee, made the decision even tougher.
"In the end, however, I was impressed by Chris Knight’s. enthusiasm, educational background, and communication skills. These qualities, and the broad experience he gained while serving in various positions in different parts of the state, prepare him well to work closely with other law-enforcement agencies and to focus the Patrol’s resources on its core mission of promoting highway safety."
Chris Knight’s FHP career began in 1981. After graduating from the Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy, he served as a trooper patrolling the roads in Southwest Florida. He rose through the ranks in subsequent assignments in Miami, Bradenton, Palatka, and Tallahassee. He has served as a troop commander and as Chief of the FHP Training Academy.
A graduate of Venice High School, Chris Knight earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Florida State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI Academy’s 171st session and is a member of various professional groups. They include the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
The IACP recently selected the FHP as the nation’s top highway patrol/state police agency. At the FHP, Chris Knight will lead a law-enforcement agency that has more than 1,500 sworn personnel covering the state from Key West to Pensacola.
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