Quincy Area California Highway Patrol’s newest commander didn’t start with law enforcement in mind as a career. But that’s where he chose to go following graduation with a bachelor’s in finance.
Novato native Erik Egide attended California State University Sacramento bent on a career in a far different field. It was while he was attending a job fair that he came across information about a career with the CHP.
Egide filled out the application and by the time graduation rolled around, he found himself beginning training to become a CHP officer. That meant he was trading a career behind a desk for one behind the wheel — at least for the first stretch.
Egide said he was always interested in law enforcement. He is close to his grandparents and his grandfather served in law enforcement for 31 years.
Now with 11 years on the force, Egide has moved from the Marin and Santa Rosa areas to Plumas County.
When Egide said he saw the opening for a commander in Quincy he jumped at the chance to live in Plumas County. He was long familiar with the Lake Almanor area — going there on vacations for the last 10 years. He was also aware of Graeagle with its many golf courses.
With nearly a month at the new position recently vacated by Sarah Richards, Egide said there are a lot of changes for him to get accustomed to.
It’s not just the change of scenery or gaining more responsibility, but the entire area. He’s learning to manage the distances officers have to travel and protect. He’s also learning about two-lane remote roads and what they mean in terms of law enforcement.
So far, Egide was in the Plumas-Sierra County Fair Parade, not once, but twice. His first trip through the lineup was near the beginning of the parade when he accepted a ride with Sheriff Greg Hagwood. Back at the parade’s starting point, he then welcomed a ride in a vintage automobile.
Egide has also introduced himself to the Plumas County Board of Supervisors and joined Rotary.
His wife, Michelle —his high school sweetheart — and his four young sons will soon join Egide.