In a ceremony Monday, the California Highway Patrol introduced the new person who would be leading the organization locally.
Captain Vincent Pagano has been with the CHP for 22 years and will now be in charge of the Bakersfield area. Pagano will replace outgoing commander Captain Levi Miller who is heading to Riverside County. Miller received the CHP flag that has flown since his arrival as commander and a new flag was raised to begin Pagano’s tenure.
Pagano says Miller leaves behind big shoes to fill but he’s excited to get to work. He says cracking down on “side-shows”, which involve dangerous vehicle maneuvers, is among his top priorities in this region.
Pagano is a Navy veteran and most recently served as the commander of the Fort Tejon CHP.