Photo/Story Gallery 2009

Three Troop Commanders to Lead Field Operations

LtoR: Colonel John Czernis, Chief Miguel Guzman, Chief Cyrus Brown, Chief Grady Carrick and Executive Director Electra BustleFlorida Highway Patrol Director Col. John Czernis promoted Major Grady Carrick, Major Cyrus Brown, and Major Miguel Guzman to Chief at a ceremony at the Patrol’s headquarters in Tallahassee on April 8, 2009. Chief Carrick will be the Northern Region Commander, overseeing the Florida Highway Patrol’s four northern troops (A, B, G and H), which covers Florida from Pensacola to Jacksonville. LtoR: Chief Carrick, Chief Brown and Chief Guzman cut the cake.Chief Brown will be the Central Region Commander, overseeing the Florida Highway Patrol’s three central Florida troops (C, D and K,), which covers Tampa to Orlando and the Florida Turnpike. Chief Guzman will be the Southern Region Commander, overseeing the Florida Highway Patrol’s south Florida troops (E, L and F), which covers Florida from Bradenton to Vero Beach and southward to the Keys.

LtoR: Lt. Colonel Silvester Dawson, Colonel John Czernis, Chief Miguel Guzman, Chief Cyrus Brown, Chief Grady Carrick, Lt. Colonel David Brierton, Executive Director Electra Bustle, and Lt. Colonel Ernesto Duarte.Pictured top left: Colonel John Czernis, Chief Miguel Guzman, Chief Cyrus Brown, Chief Grady Carrick and FLHSMV Executive Director Electra Bustle

The promotions are part of a recent Florida Highway Patrol reorganization, which emphasizes accountability, responsibility and the unity of command. The Patrol’s new structure maximizes resources and gives troopers the ability to perform their duties more effectively and efficiently.

“We are reassigning staff so that we have fewer administrators at headquarters and more troopers on the road. We have been able to accomplish this while also recognizing a cost savings,” said Czernis. “Chief Carrick, Chief Brown, and Chief Guzman all have a tremendous responsibility as Region Commanders, and I have full confidence in their leadership abilities to lead the Patrol’s operations throughout Florida.”

Colonel Czernis with Chief Carrick and his family
Chief Carrick began his career with the Florida Highway Patrol in Miami in 1982 after graduating from FHP’s 65th Recruit Class. After promoting up through the ranks to major, he led operations in Miami as the Commander of Troop-E for five years. In 1997, he transferred to Jacksonville to head Troop G. Carrick will remain in Jacksonville. Carrick holds a master’s degree in public administration from Florida International University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the 172nd Session of the FBI Academy.

Colonel Czernis with Chief Brown and his family
Chief Brown began his career with the Florida Highway Patrol in Pinellas Park after graduating from FHP’s 71st Recruit Class in 1984. After promoting up through the ranks to major in 2001, he was the Commander of Troop-C in Tampa, Fla., before transferring to Troop D. Brown will remain in Orlando. Brown holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida. He is a graduate of the 213th Session of the FBI Academy and the 13th Session of the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute.

Colonel Czernis with Chief Guzman
Chief Guzman began his career with the Florida Highway Patrol in Belle Glade, Fla., after graduating from FHP’s 75th Recruit Class in 1986. After promoting up through the ranks to major, he became the Commander of Troop-L in December 2001. Guzman will remain in Lantana. Guzman is also a graduate of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is charged with the mission of providing highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a Safer Florida by way of three major components: driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about FLHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov.