Major Ken Howes or
Florida Highway Patrol
For Immediate Release
Tallahassee - Colonel Charles C. Hall, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, today appointed Lieutenant John J. Bagnardi as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for Broward County, Troop L. Lieutenant Bagnardi successfully competed against nine other applicants for the position. He will be responsible for media relations, public information, traffic safety education, and recruitment within Broward County.
"In addition to the high-profile traffic fatality case involving the FBI agent, major media attention has been given to various traffic problems in Broward County, including the Phish concert during the New Years holiday, aggressive drivers, road debris, and road closure incidents. All of these are important issues that deserve a professional response from a trained, full-time PIO," said Colonel Hall. Consideration for reestablishing the PIO position was also made because of the size of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale media market and because Broward County is ranked #2 in the state in both population size and population density. The Broward County PIO position had been eliminated in 1995 as a result of budget cuts.
Lieutenant Bagnardi, age 37, is currently assigned to Troop L’s Lantana office as a District Lieutenant. He is a 17-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol who has been stationed in Monroe, Dade, Pinellas, Broward, and Palm Beach counties during his career. He last worked in Broward County from December 1995 through November 1997 as supervisor of FHP’s Tri-County DUI Task Force. He has been a resident of Broward County for the last 11 years, has served on many traffic-related committees in Broward, and is familiar with many of the traffic concerns unique to Broward County.
Lieutenant Bagnardi’s new assignment is officially effective May 1, 2000.