Bernard taking local CHP helm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Gotta follow the leader and she’s it,” he said. “She’s done really well and impressed a lot of people.” Bernard has until the end of the year to organize the Ukiah office for his successor. Lt. Mark Odle will be acting commander locally until the end of the year. Despite his transfers, Bernard and his wife, Leilani, have made the Santa Clarita Valley home since 1978. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] NEWHALL – Capt. Steve Bernard’s commute home will get a lot shorter in January when he replaces Capt. Ellen Conley as commander of the California Highway Patrol’s Newhall division. Bernard was a sergeant in the Newhall office before moving up the ranks and taking over for Conley when she left the Ukiah office in Northern California in 2004. Now he will replace her, in Newhall, effective Jan. 1, when Conley takes over as assistant chief of the agency’s Southern Division, headquartered in Glendale. “I’m excited,” he said. “I originally worked as an officer at the Newhall office from 1983 to 1985, then came back to Newhall as a sergeant in 1992 and worked there until 1999.” When Bernard was promoted to lieutenant in 1999, he was sent to the Hayward office in the Bay Area for a year before returning to Southern California to work in division headquarters and the West Valley station. Then he was named captain and took over for Conley in Ukiah. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img