Chief Derek Barrs a 28-year veteran of law enforcement who is currently the Florida Highway Patrol’s Chief of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. Chief Barrs began his career in law enforcement in 1991 with the Madison County Florida Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. In 2001 he accepted a law enforcement officer position with the Florida Department of Transportation / Office of Motor Carrier Compliance where he rose to the rank of law enforcement captain. Since July 2011, Chief Barrs has been with the Florida Highway Patrol, and in October of 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Major, serving as the Troop Commander for Troop J, before being appointed Chief in November of 2017.
In 2005 Chief Barrs earned the departments Life Saving Award and was named Law Enforcement Officer of Year in 2006. Throughout his career Chief Barrs has served in many roles through community and volunteer involvement, and professional memberships. Chief Barrs is an active members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and currently serves as the Committee Chairman for the Enforcement and Industry Modernization Committee. Chief Barrs believes in building strong partnerships in an effort to better serve the citizens and visitors of Florida.
Chief Barrs holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Flagler College, where he is an active alumnus.
Chief Barrs has been married for over 25 years to his wife Robin and they have two children, Brett (21yoa) and Bentley (17yoa).