Press Release

Sven Miller, Commander
Office of Community Outreach & Media Relations
601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811


​Fran Clader
Director of Communications
(916) 843-3310



SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Warren Stanley today announced his appointment of Assistant Commissioner Amanda L. Ray, as Deputy Commissioner.


The appointment makes Deputy Commissioner Ray the first African American woman in the Department’s 91-year history to hold the position of second-in-command of the nation’s largest state police agency. 


Governor Gavin Newsom, who last year reappointed Commissioner Stanley to his post, applauded today’s announcement. “The CHP is one of the most respected law enforcement agencies in California, if not the nation. As we mark Black History Month and Women’s History Month in March, I couldn’t be prouder of Deputy Commissioner Ray’s accomplishments and contributions to making the CHP the best of the best. Californians have every reason to be confident in the leadership of the CHP.”


Deputy Commissioner Ray stated she was “honored and humbled” to be appointed to her new post. “I am grateful to continue to serve alongside the amazing women and men who are dedicated each day to providing the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.  I look forward to continue to make the Department one that our employees and the people of this great state can admire and be proud of.”


A native of Oakland, Deputy Commissioner Ray, 53, is a 30-year member of the Department, rising through the ranks and serving in assignments of increasing responsibility from cadet to Assistant Commissioner, Staff, where she oversaw the administrative functions of the Department, to include a $2.8 billion budget, departmental training, information technology, and personnel administration of a statewide organization of 11,000 women and men.  In her new role, Deputy Commissioner Ray will oversee the day-to-day operations, the administrative and field operations of the CHP as well as the Offices of Legal Affairs, Internal Affairs, Equal Employment Opportunity, Risk Management, the Office of Accreditation, and Community Outreach and Media Relations.


 Deputy Commissioner Ray replaces Scott Silsbee, who retired from the CHP in December.

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