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Florida Highway Patrol Promotes New Chief Of Public Affairs

~ Captain Tom Pikul has almost 15 years of experience with FHP and a background in broadcasting ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This week, Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, promoted Captain Thomas E. Pikul, former Assistant Chief of Public Affairs, as the new Chief of Public Affairs for FHP.

“I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Captain Thomas Pikul to the role of Chief of Public Affairs for the patrol,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “In his almost fifteen years with the department, Captain Pikul has proven himself to be a model trooper. He brings with him a wide range of skills and knowledge that make him well suited for this position.”

As spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol, the Chief Public Affairs Officer (PAO) is responsible for overseeing FHP’s Office of Public Affairs. The Office of Public Affairs is part of DHSMV’s Office of Communications and provides information to the public regarding ongoing department safety and education campaigns, responds to inquiries from national and statewide news media and conducts traffic safety programs for schools, churches, civic groups, military personnel and other organizations around the state.

Captain Pikul attended the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, training extensively in both television and radio applications. After graduating in 1996, he worked with Clear Channel and served as on-air talent for major radio stations before joining the patrol.

Captain Pikul graduated from the FHP Academy in 2003, earning the Public Speaking Award for the 105th Recruit Class, and began his career in Deland, Troop D. Captain Pikul also worked in Miami, Troop E, where he served as PAO. In 2013, he promoted to Lieutenant assigned to the FHP Training Academy where he served as Class Coordinator for four recruit classes, graduating 241 new troopers. In 2016, he became the Statewide and Advanced Specialized Training Coordinator for the FHP Training Academy. In 2017, Pikul was hired as Assistant Chief PAO. Captain Pikul is a graduate of Leadership in Police Organizations as well as the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, Senior Leadership Program.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.