Col. Johnson in front of blue background

Colonel Freddy Johnson, Jr.

Commander, State Highway Patrol

Gov. Cooper appointed Col. Freddy L. Johnson, Jr. as commander of the State Highway Patrol in April 2021. The Fayetteville native began his service as a state trooper in 1996 and served the majority of his career in Robeson and Cumberland counties. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 2013 and major in 2017. 

Johnson is a graduate of Fayetteville State University, the FBI National Academy program and the Administrative Officer Management Program at N.C. State. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the N.C. Governor Highway Safety Program’s 2016 State Law Enforcement Partner of the Year and the North Carolina Association of Fire Chief ’s 2016 Fire Officer of the Year.