Amanda L. Ray, Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol since her appointment in 2020, has announced her retirement effective Dec. 30, 2022.
“I am humbled and proud to have served as the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol for the last two years.” said Commissioner Ray. “I am confident the Department will continue to thrive through the commitment and compassion of the incredible women and men of this great organization.”
On Nov. 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Amanda L. Ray as the 16th Commissioner of the CHP; the first woman to lead the Department of more than 11,000 members. Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Ray served as the Deputy Commissioner and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CHP.
She began her CHP career in 1990 in South Los Angeles before promoting to Sergeant and Lieutenant in Santa Fe Springs. She has served as Commander in the Riverside and Hayward Areas, and an Assistant Chief in Golden Gate Division and Inland Division, before promoting into the CHP Executive Management team.
Commissioner Ray played an integral role as the Department’s first female to be assigned as the Special Response Team Tactical Commander during Super Bowl 50 held at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Her vast field experience has allowed her to effectively serve as incident commander during a variety of other high-profile events including the Department’s response to COVID-19, civil unrest, and wildfires. Commissioner Ray has held every rank within the CHP.
Effective Dec. 31, 2022, Deputy Commissioner Sean Duryee will serve as the Acting Commissioner.
“It is a great honor to have the opportunity to serve as the Acting Commissioner,” Deputy Commissioner Duryee said.