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Meet Our New Colonel!

Captain Tom Knight, Pinellas District Commander, making it official by pinning a Colonel's badge on his brother while Colonel Knight's son, Mitch, looked on. Chief Christopher Allen Knight today was named Director of the Florida Highway Patrol at a news conference hosted by Lt. Governor Frank Brogan, along with DHSMV Executive Director Fred Dickinson.

<–Photo courtesy of Mark Foley, Associated Press

Knight, age 44, will replace Colonel Charles C. Hall, who is retiring on June 30th. Colonel Knight is a 20-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol. Captain Tom Knight, Pinellas District Commander, made it official by pinning a Colonel’s badge on his brother while Colonel Knight’s son, Mitch, looked on.

A graduate of Venice High School, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University in 1979. Colonel Knight is also a graduate of the 171st Session of the FBI National Academy, the 2nd Session of the North Carolina State University Administrative Officers Management Program, and the 20th Session of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Executive Seminar.

Colonel Knight was a member of the Florida Highway Patrol’s 61st Recruit Class. He was elected President of his recruit class, and graduated with High Academic Honors. After receiving his initial training at the FHP Academy, he began his career as a Trooper in Naples, and later served in Venice. Colonel Knight has progressed up through the ranks of the Patrol, and has been stationed in Miami, Bradenton, Palatka, and Tallahassee in various positions, including Commander of Troop H, Tallahassee, and Chief of Training at the FHP Academy. His most recent assignment has been Chief of Field Operations for Region II, which includes oversight of Troops C (Tampa), D (Orlando) and F (Bradenton).

Lt. Governor Brogan, Son Mitch Knight, and Colonel KnightChris Knight fields question at press conferenceColonel Knight is a member of the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Florida Sheriffs Association, and the Florida Police Chiefs Association.

Colonel Knight’s son, Mitchell Allen Knight, is ten years old. His brother, FHP Captain Thomas M. Knight, is a District Commander assigned to Pinellas Park.

Pictured left, Lt. Governor Brogan, Son Mitch Knight and Colonel Knight and right, Chris Knight fields questions at the press conference.

Congratulations, Colonel Knight, on this outstanding achievement in your career!