- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A new chief with nearly 30 years of experience is taking over the Florida Highway Patrol’s operations in South Florida.

Cynthia Williams begins her new position Friday as Southern Region chief. She had been the acting chief for the past six months and previously commanded FHP’s Troop D that operates in six central Florida counties.

Williams graduated from FHP’s basic recruit class in 1986. She has worked in several FHP positions in Orlando, Lakeland and elsewhere and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy. She was promoted to the rank of major in 2009.

Williams also has an associate’s degree from Valencia College and attended the University of Central Florida.

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