California Highway Patrol Commissioner Mike Brown is resigning after three years heading the department.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Deputy Commissioner Joseph Farrow to replace Brown as head of the agency and its more than 10,000 employees. Farrow, 52, takes over March 1.
Brown has been criticized repeatedly by some state lawmakers. The state auditor recently found that the CHP wasted money in buying new guns, motorcycles, patrol car equipment and in using an executive aircraft.
Farrow became a Highway Patrol officer in 1979 and has been deputy commissioner since November 2004. He will earn $169,500.