Local CHP gets new commander

  The California Highway Patrol last week named a new commander for the Quincy Area post.

  Lt. Joseph Edwards Jr. was selected to replace outgoing Quincy Commander Bruce Carpenter, beginning May 1.

  The CHP announced in February that Carpenter was transferring to become the commander of the Willows post.

  Edwards, a 23-year CHP veteran, is currently the commander of the El Centro office. He said he is looking forward to coming to Quincy.

  “I am excited to live in Quincy and to work with the squad there,” Edwards said Thursday, March 14. “I can’t wait to get back into the mountains again. El Centro is 50 feet below sea level and flat as a pancake.”

  Edwards is a native of Fallon, Nev. He joined the Highway Patrol in 1990 after serving in the Army.

  He began his CHP career in East Los Angeles before spending the majority of his time in CHP offices covering Donner Pass and Lake Tahoe.

  Edwards said he is looking forward to living in a place where he can ride his mountain bike again.

  “My mountain biking has suffered (in El Centro),” Edwards said. “I’ve already made contact with the Plumas-Sierra Bicycle Club to become a member and fix that problem.”

  Carpenter, the Quincy Area commander since August 2010, said he will continue to split his duties between Quincy and Willows until Edwards arrives.

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