Florida Highway Patrol Director Col. Gene S. Spaulding has appointed Capt. Chris Blackmon as the new commander for Troop H, headquartered in Tallahassee, which covers Franklin, Leon, Gadsden, Liberty, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison and Taylor counties.

Blackmon, a 27-year law enforcement veteran, most recently served as district commander of Troop K (Florida Turnpike) for the Orlando District.

“Major Blackmon has served the residents and visitors of our state with great dedication and exhibited excellent leadership capabilities,” said Spaulding. “I have full confidence in his abilities to lead Troop H, while ensuring the highest level of public safety in the eight counties within the troop.”

Blackmon joined FHP in 1990 and was a member of the 84th Recruit Class. After graduation, he was assigned to Troop D serving in Orlando, where he was promoted to district sergeant in 2002. He served on the lieutenant governor’s protection detail for Lt. Govs. Brogan, Kottkamp and Jennings. In 2013 he was promoted to lieutenant where he served as a shift commander and district lieutenant in the Orlando District. Blackmon was promoted to captain in Jan. 2016, serving as the district commander in Troop D. He transferred to Troop K, Turnpike in August 2017, where he served as the district commander for the Orlando District.

Throughout his career, Blackmon has served in many roles, in addition to community involvement and professional memberships. He was awarded the 1992 National MADD DUI Officer of the Year, became the first FHP Drug Recognition Expert in 1994 and was named the Lake County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2002. Blackmon has also served on FHP's Promotional Assessment team in 2016-17 and has served as chairman of the FHP Broken Spoke Club since 2009.

Blackmon is working toward his degree at Lake Sumter State College and is attending the 80th Southern Police Institute, Command Officers Development Class.