Bishop Area California Highway Patrol Captain Andria Witmer announced this week that she will be retiring at the end of the month.
Witmer said Thursday that her successor, Lt. Tim Noyes, of Riverside, will be promoted to captain and begin work at the Bishop office of the CHP Sept. 1. In the interim, she said area CHP sergeants will be handling day-to-day operations.
Witmer has been an officer with the CHP for nearly 30 years. She came to Bishop from Southern California on Dec. 2, 2010.
âOf all the places in the state, this was probably the best place I could have ended my career,â Witmer said. âIt was several years before I could drive to work and not be in awe of the scenery.â
Witmer said her retirement is bittersweet. On one hand, she said she will miss the job, her dedicated staff and the relationships she formed with the community. On the other hand, she is looking forward to spending more time with her husband.
Witmer said that she has enjoyed the people and scenery of the Eastern Sierra so much during her time as the Bishop CHP commander, that she is planning to keep her Bishop home and continue to visit the area. âI have a husband down south (living in the Santa Clarita/Palmdale area), but I really like the place. I definitely want to start coming up, and Iâll have a place to stay for Mule Days and the Fair, and so we can come up and ride the quads and horses,â she said.
âThe biggest thing for me was going out there and being the face of the CHP,â Witmer said, adding that she will also miss her staff. âThe people, we have shared values, theyâre high quality people, intelligent and fun to be around.â
Though there are aspects of the job she will miss, Witmer said that there are a few accomplishments of which she is particularly proud.
One of those accomplishments is the addition of a third officer position to patrol the Death Valley area. Witmer said having that third officer patrolling the desert has improved services and lightened the workload for officers on that beat.
Witmer also said that the Bishop Area CHP office received no complaints against officers last year. âIâm proud of how they treat people. Itâs very important,â Witmer said. She explained that the officers are always willing to help motorists and serve the community, and donât just patrol the streets looking for lawbreakers.
Witmer said that she has sent more than 30 emails to local community leaders, providing contact information to the lieutenants who will be handling business before Noyes begins work in September.
Anyone from the public who has any questions or concerns is invited to call the CHP office at (760) 872-5900.