Chief Avery Browne to Lead CHP in Bay Area


Avery A. Browne will assume command of the California Highway Patrol’s Golden Gate Division.


As the new chief of the division, Browne will be responsible for oversight of 12 Bay Area offices, 3 commercial vehicle inspection facilities, the Golden Gate Communications Center and the Division Air Operations fleet.


A 25-year-veteran of law enforcement, Chief Browne has over six years of experience in command positions within the department.


Chief Avery Browne (second from left) with Pennsylvania State troopers.
Chief Avery Browne (second from left) with Pennsylvania State troopers.

Browne previously served as an instructor in the department for seven years and worked multiple assignments as an officer.


Chief Browne has over 29 years of experience in emergency services and is also a Registered Nurse and Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic.


With a strong background in planning, coordinating and organization, he excels at personnel, equipment, and tactical operations management. He has a background in working under stressful conditions, and limited-time constraints in adverse environments and legislative procedures.


Chief Browne is the eldest son of Arnaud and Floretta Browne of Mon Bijou, Virgin Islands. A decorated combat veteran, he is the recipient of the Bronze Star.


A graduate of Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA and a recent graduate of the U.S. Army Inspector General School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Browne and his wife are the parents of three children.


He lives in the Napa Valley where he is dedicated to increasing public safety not only in his own town but in the greater Bay Area and in the State of California.


“The Bay Area is a great place but even more amazing are the people,” said Chief Browne. “I look forward to enhancing traffic safety in the Bay Area for those who live, work, and play here. I am extremely honored and pleased to be the commander of Golden Gate Division and to serve in a community I appreciate and love.”



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