Florida Highway Patrol Names Welch Troop H Commander

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~ Big Bend area gets a new major ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Florida Highway Patrol Director, Col. David Brierton, promoted Mark Welch to major and assigned him to lead field operations in the Big Bend area, effective Feb. 8. Troop H comprises eight counties, including Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Liberty, Wakulla, Taylor and Franklin.

“Welch is a forward thinking leader who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position within the organization,” said Brierton. “He was selected from an impressive group of candidates who applied and interviewed for this important leadership position within our agency.”

Col. Brierton presents Maj. Welch with his promotion certificate.

Col. Brierton presents Maj. Welch with his promotion certificate.

Welch began his career with the FHP in 1982 and was a member of the 64th Recruit Class. His first duty assignment was Troop L, Fort. Pierce, where he served with the troop’s Riot Squad. In 1984, he promoted to corporal and was assigned to Tampa, where he served on Troop C’s Special Response Team and as an instructor. In 1993, he promoted to sergeant in Tampa and supervised the district driving under the influence squad. In 1995, he promoted to lieutenant and
spent time at the academy and then at Troop H. He promoted to captain in 2008 and became the spokesperson for the Patrol as chief of public affairs. After three years, Welch transitioned to his most recent job in the Office of Professional Compliance.

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