chp cmdr mike brown

Lt. Mike Brown, who has been with the California Highway Patrol for 14 years, has been appointed the new commander at the CHP's Santa Maria office.

Contributed by the California Highway Patrol Santa Maria

Lt. Mike Brown has been appointed as the new commander for the Santa Maria division of the California Highway Patrol, officials announced Wednesday. 

Brown, who has been with the CHP for 14 years, started his stint as commander Monday. 

"I am honored and excited to be finally serving the community I grew up in," Brown said of his new assignment. "I look forward to connecting with the community and working hard to ensure this area is the safest place to live and travel." 

Previously, Brown worked in the communities of West Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita and San Luis Obispo. He has served as an instructor at the CHP Academy in the Impaired Driving Unit and, also, worked in two CHP headquarter offices in Sacramento. 

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Brown earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Vanguard University. 

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210