Photo/Story Gallery 2003

FHP Auxiliary Announces Reorganization

the FHPA Command StaffFlorida Highway Patrol Auxiliary (FHPA) Colonel Steve Sheffer recently called a meeting of the FHPA command staff (shown left) in Orlando to announce a major reorganization of the Auxiliary. Like the FHP, the FHPA will now have four commands – each lead by a Lieutenant Colonel.

As part of the reorganization approved by Colonel Christopher Knight, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, Colonel Sheffer announced the following promotions:

Chief Danny Barber, a 21-year veteran with the FHPA, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and will be responsible for direct oversight of all auxiliary field operations activities in Troops D-Orlando, E-Miami, G-Jacksonville, K-Florida Turnpike, and L-Lantana.

Danny is a District Manager for Publix Supermarkets in Palm Beach County.

Colonel Sheffer, Lt. Colonel Barber, Lt. Colonel Howes, Chief GuidryChief Guidry, Lt. Colonel Price, Lt. Colonel HowesCaptain Spence Price, a 16-year veteran with the FHPA, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and will be responsible for direct oversight of all auxiliary field operations activities in Troops A-Panama City, B-Lake City, C-Tampa, F-Bradenton, and H-Tallahassee.

Pictured left, Colonel Steve Sheffer, Lt. Colonel Danny Barber, Lt. Colonel Ken Howes, Chief Kevin Guidry and right, Chief Kevin Guidry, Lt. Colonel Spence Price, Lt. Colonel Ken Howes

Spence is employed by Southeast Toyota Distributors, L.L.C. as a Senior Area Collision Consultant, covering Independent body shops in Florida, South Alabama and South Georgia.

Major James Link, a 7-year veteran with the FHPA, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and will be responsible for Training, Recruitment, Background Investigations, and Polygraph.

Jim is a Senior Account Manager for an Allentown, Pa. based industrial gas and chemical company named Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Colonel Sheffer, Lt. Colonel Link, Lt. Colonel Howes, Chief GuidryReorganization ChartCurrent FHPA Lieutenant Colonel Carroll Dickerson is being reassigned the responsibility of overseeing the FHPA Foundation, Technology/Communications, and Legislative Affairs.

Pictured left, Colonel Steve Sheffer, Lt. Colonel Jim Link, Lt. Colonel Ken Howes, Chief Kevin Guidry and right, A new look for the FHP Auxiliary (Click on image to enlarge)

Carroll is a retired executive with Martin Marietta.

The Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary is a professionally trained, all volunteer law enforcement organization dedicated to providing direct assistance and operational support to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Since 1956, FHP Auxiliary Troopers have assisted the Florida Highway Patrol in the performance of its daily duties, which include:

  • Patrolling the streets and highways of the state;
  • Providing timely assistance to disabled motorists;
  • Participating in vehicle equipment and license checkpoints;
  • Operating the Florida Highway Patrol Breath Alcohol Testing Unit (BAT mobile);
  • Participating in specialized details;
  • Responding to natural disasters and other emergency situations.

FHP Auxiliary Trooper candidates must undergo a rigorous hiring process and training similar to a full time state trooper.

The Auxiliary is composed of a diverse group of community oriented men and women, who donate their time and efforts to make the difficult task of law enforcement safer and more effective for the troopers and citizens traveling our highways. Members of the auxiliary are volunteers, and the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary is a separate, nonprofit entity of the Florida Highway Patrol.