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Executive Director Bustle and Colonel Czernis
DHSMV Executive Director Electra Bustle presents Colonel John Czernis
with his Certificate of Promotion, credentials and badge.

The Florida Highway Patrol officially named Colonel John T. Czernis as its new director at a special promotional ceremony on December 4th at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Headquarters in Tallahassee.

Colonel Czernis accepting his promotion.
Colonel Czernis accepts his promotion.

Colonel John Czernis, a thirty year veteran of the FHP, is well qualified for the new position in both education and experience. Colonel Czernis began his career in law enforcement in 1974 with the Vero Beach Police Department before joining the Patrol in 1977. In 1981, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Rollins College and a Master’s Degree in 2005 in Public Administration. He served as a trooper in Monroe and Orange Counties, a traffic homicide investigator in Orlando, and a first line supervisor in Miami-Dade and Orange Counties. In 1994, after his promotion to Major, Colonel Czernis moved to Tallahassee and became the Grants, Accreditation and Policy Administrator for the Patrol. In November 1996, Colonel Czernis was promoted to Bureau Chief and served as our agency’s Chief Training Officer.

Two years later, he was reassigned to the Bureau of Investigations as Chief Investigator. In June 2003, he was promoted to Lt. Colonel and served as Deputy Director of Special Operations, including oversight of the FHP Training Academy, and the Offices of Leadership and Education, Program Planning, Fleet and Property, Accreditation and Policy, Aviation, Employee Selection and Recruitment, Background Investigations, Polygraph, and Budget. Recently, he served as FHP’s Interim Director.

At the promotional ceremony, Executive Director Electra Theodorides-Bustle began with an inspiring welcome before an audience of over one hundred thirty people that included members of Colonel Czernis’s family, fellow law enforcement, colleagues, and friends. Ms. Bustle announced, "I am excited about this appointment and know that Colonel Czernis will do a tremendous job leading such a group of dedicated and hard working men and women. I know that he will continue to move forward with the priorities of the Governor and Cabinet and serve the people of Florida in an outstanding manner."

Colonel Czernis wife pins on his new badge.
Colonel Czernis's wife Brenda pins on his new badge.

After recognizing several distinguished guests and Colonel Czernis’s family, Ms. Bustle presented Colonel Czernis with his promotional certificate and credentials. In his acceptance speech, Colonel Czernis said, "I look forward to the challenge, and fully commit to upholding the high ethical standards expected of this position. Our leadership team will work hard to set a proactive course for the Patrol in order to fulfill our mission of providing the safest driving environment for the people of Florida."

Colonel Czernis's vast and varied work experience combined with his strong education will serve our agency well. Congratulations Colonel John Czernis.

Colonel Czernis seated with family and friends.
L to R: Brenda Czernis (wife), Colonel Czernis, Ashley Czernis (daughter),
Peggy Winborne (family friend), Sean Czernis (son) and
Stephanie & Tori Lilly (daughter and granddaughter)

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