The California Highway Patrol has welcomed a new commander to its Contra Costa Area office, CHP officials announced last weekend.
Capt. Dan Seaman was recently promoted to his new position from the CHP Office of Inspector General, according to CHP officials.
A 15-year veteran, Seaman served as a field operations officer in both Sacramento and Solano counties, CHP officials said.
Seaman was also assigned to the CHP Academy in West Sacramento and has worked throughout the state in Los Angeles, San Diego and Yolo counties, according to the CHP.
Seaman said he was inspired to join the CHP after he was involved in a traffic collision with a drunk driver when he was 18 years old.
"I guess you could say that from that day forth, I've just wanted to pay it forward, so I joined the very department of men and women who were willing to risk their life for mine and others," Seaman said in a statement.
Seaman is replacing his predecessor, Chris Costigan, who was promoted to assistant chief, according to the CHP.
"My CHP team, working in joint partnership with our allied agencies, is focused on reducing injuries and fatalities caused by traffic accidents. We will achieve this collaborative goal through increased enforcement and community education," Seaman said.