First Female CHP Commissioner Sworn In

Governor Gavin Newsom with New CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray | Photo: CHP’s Facebook page @californiahighwaypatrol

Today, November 17, 2020, California Highway Patrol Commissioner Amanda Ray was sworn in by Governor Gavin Newsom. Commissioner Ray has served over 30 years with the CHP and is the first female Commissioner in the 91-year history of the Department. Commissioner Ray has been an incredible supporter of the 11-99 Foundation over the years, as she’s climbed the CHP ranks. She’s spoken at our Scholarship Ceremonies in past years and has attended our events for years. We are thrilled for her promotion and are excited to see her lead the nearly 12,000 employees statewide. Congratulations Commissioner Ray!

In addition, Commissioner Ray has appointed two members to her Executive Management team. They are Jim Epperson as Deputy Commissioner, her second-in-command responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Department, and Ryan Okashima as Assistant Commissioner, Staff, who will oversee the administrative functions of the Department. They will join Assistant Commissioner Richard Stewart who is responsible for the administration of all field operations, including the 8 geographical Divisions, Protective Services Division, and the Office of Air Operations. All members of the Executive Management team have been great supporters of the 11-99 Foundation as well – some have children in our scholarship program, and have been involved with the Foundation for years.

We’re thrilled to work with this leadership team in the coming year – congrats to all on their promotions and appointments!