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Director, Office Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

California Deputy Secretary for Public Safety (Ret)
Former Commissioner, California Highway Patrol

Mike Brown currently serves as the Director of the Office of Impaired Driving and Occupant Protection at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  This office is responsible for coordinating the nation’s policy and programs concerning impaired driving prevention activities and strategies to improve occupant protection which includes child passenger protection distracted driving behavior.  The office is involved in developing public policy in these areas and managing demonstration projects designed to evaluate improvements in traffic safety 

He also served as the Deputy Secretary for Public Safety at California’s Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency.   As such, he advised the Agency Secretary and the Administration on public safety issues involving the Agency and its departments.  He has worked on the state’s strategic highway safety plans, emergency planning, homeland security, goods movement activities and other issues in this capacity.

Prior to this assignment, Mike Brown served as the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) where he was responsible for the operations of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation for over three years.  The CHP employed 7,600 uniformed and 3,200 civilian employees and had a budget of $1.8 billion during his tenure.  This capped a thirty one year career within the CHP where he was assigned a myriad of commands and responsibilities all over California.

Mike Brown has participated in a number of state and national task forces on such issues as police pursuits, homeland security, traffic safety, emergency planning, enforcement technology, and federal transportation issues.  He has also served as an associate professor at California State University, Sacramento.

Mike Brown is a graduate of the California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  He has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles, and one in Management from Cal Poly, Pomona.  He is a graduate of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and National Executive Institute