Commercial Vehicle Specialist, Accident Reconstructionist
Michael Kitchens began his law enforcement career in 1993 as a Communications Officer with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office and remained in law enforcement until March of 2013, when he decided to pursue a career in the private sector and took a position as a Safety Manager for a trucking company. During his twenty year career in law enforcement he held various positions to include Communications Officer, Detention Officer, Deputy Sheriff, k9 Handler, and finally Motor Carrier Officer.
Mr. Kitchens became certified in 2002 to inspect commercial vehicles while working for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Officer as a Deputy. In 2003, he went to work with what was then the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, which in 2005 became the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. He remained in the commercial vehicle enforcement role until 2013. He was a Field Training Officer and had the privilege to train other officers in commercial vehicle and hazardous material enforcement. In 2008, he was assigned to the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) in Reidsville and specialized in commercial vehicle accidents. He remained in this role until leaving law enforcement in 2013.
Mr. Kitchens has inspected over 2500 commercial vehicles, investigated or assisted in the investigation of over 125 fatal or serious injury collisions which included commercial vehicles.
Mr. Kitchens has completed all five levels of accident reconstruction and as received various training in the area of commercial vehicle accidents.
In 2006, he won the Georgia State Inspectors Competition and competed in the North American Inspectors Competition in New Orleans, LA. In 2007 & 2008, he placed third in the Georgia State Inspectors Competition.
Mr. Kitchens has been employed with a trucking company with a fleet of approximately 500 trucks. He held the roles of Safety Manager and Safety Director since early 2013. He is a certified Safety Supervisor.