Welcome New CHP Commissioner Sean Duryee

On February 3, 2023, Commissioner Duryee was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as the 17th Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Commissioner Sean Duryee is a 25-year veteran of the CHP.  

As the nation’s largest state police agency, the CHP’s operational budget consists of approximately 3.2 billion dollars and nearly 11,000 CHP employees. While serving in this capacity, Commissioner Duryee is responsible for maintaining the safety and security of millions of residents and visitors across the Golden State. Prior to this appointment, Commissioner Duryee served as Deputy Commissioner, where he maintained direct oversight of the Department’s day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining the Department, Commissioner Duryee served active duty in the United States Army for four years. In 1998, Commissioner Duryee entered the CHP Academy and has held every rank in the Department, from CHP Cadet to Deputy Commissioner. Furthermore, Commissioner Duryee has served in several other positions, including; Executive Assistant to the Commissioner, Special Representative to the Legislature, Commander of the Department’s Commercial Vehicle Section, Academy Instructor, and various field assignments. 

Throughout his remarkable career, Commissioner Duryee has received numerous honors and awards, including the Governor’s Employee Safety Award for his efforts to enhance officer safety training. Moreover, his vast departmental experience and knowledge were instrumental in implementing the Department’s Advanced Officer Safety Training program. 

As a law enforcement leader, Commissioner Duryee strongly believes in community service, respect for others, and fair and impartial policing. Over the course of his career, he has actively provided community service both on- and off-duty, including instructing community self-defense courses, and volunteering for local church youth groups, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorer programs. Currently, Commissioner Duryee is the varsity women’s basketball coach for a local high school.

Commissioner Duryee holds an Associate of Arts degree in Sociology from Sacramento City College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University.

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