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CHP Division Chief to Retire June 1

After 34 years with the California Highway Patrol, Southern Division Chief Edward W. Gomez on Monday announced he will retire June 1.

He will be replaced by Chief Mike Brown from Sacramento headquarters, according to a CHP spokeswoman.

Gomez has spent the past 13 years as commander of the CHP’s Southern Division, which is based in Glendale and covers all of Los Angeles County.

Gomez oversees the daily operations of more than 1,600 sworn officers and support staff members.

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Under his leadership, several CHP community programs were developed, including the Explorers, which encourages teens to pursue careers in law enforcement, and CHiPs for Kids, an annual toy collection campaign.

The chief plans to remain active within the law enforcement community.

He and his wife, Nina, will continue to live in Pasadena. A retirement celebration is scheduled for June 1, at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

For more information, call (818) 240-8200.

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