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Col. Gene Spaulding named chief of Florida Highway Patrol

Col. Gene Spaulding was named Thursday as the new director of the Florida Highway Patrol. He's a 22-year veteran of FHP who began his career as a state trooper in 1993 at Troop K in Fort Pierce and has worked at five stations throughout the state, most recently at Troop G in Jacksonville.

Spaulding's appointment is effective Friday, Aug. 21. He was chosen by Terry Rhodes, executive director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and he succeeds Col. David Brierton, who retired in June.

"I am confident Col. Gene Spaulding is the right person to effectively lead the Patrol in the years ahead," Rhodes said. "He brings a field perspective to the Patrol while continuing the traditions that make the Florida Highway Patrol, quite simply, Florida's Finest."

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