The Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol is responsible for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation. With more than 11,000 employees and 100 offices, the CHP is responsible for more than just patrolling the more than 1 million miles of road, it also serves in protecting California residents and visitors against terrorism and computer theft, and is responsible for emergency response, anywhere in the state. By land, sea, and air, the CHP is there to provide safety, service and security.Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow was appointed CHP Commissioner in February 2008 by Governor Schwarzenegger, commanding 7,600 uniformed and 3,600 non-uniformed personnel. He has served with the CHP since 1979, and has been stationed at many locations all over the state. Commissioner Farrow's law enforcement career began in Pacific Grove, California.
The Deputy Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has direct oversight of the Assistant Commissioner, Field; the Assistant Commissioner, Staff; the office of Community Outreach & Media Relations; the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity; the Office of Internal Affairs; the Office of Accreditation; the Office of Risk management; and the Office of Legal Affairs. In 2015, CHP Commissioner Joseph A. Farrow appointed Assistant Commissioner Stanley to the rank of Deputy Commissioner.
Beginning his distinguished career with the Department in 1982, Deputy Commissioner Stanley brings a vast amount of experience, knowledge, expertise and leadership to the position. Commissioner Stanley has worked a variety of field and staff positions within the Department. Throughout his career he has been selected for several specialty details such as Field Training Officer, Protective Services Detail, and was a member of the Incident Response Team. His excellent leadership skills and knowledge of the Department facilitated his promotion through the ranks. One of his notable assignments was Commander of the CHP Academy, where he was responsible for over 190 employees and the training of approximately 1700 cadets
Assistant Commissioner Scott Silsbee is a 28-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and has served the CHP in a multitude ofassignments. Some of his assignments include serving in the CHP's legislative liaison office, acting as the Mobile Field Force commander assigned to Hurricane Katrina aftermath and commanding Department's Labor Relations Office. Assistant Commissioner Silsbee served as the CHP’s Chief Information Officer for several years before taking over the command of the Protective Services Division where he had direct oversight of the Capitol Protection Section; Counterterrorism and Threat Awareness Section; Dignitary Protection Section; Emergency Operations & Safety Services Section; and Judicial Protection Section. In May of 2015 then Chief Silsbee was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Field where he now oversees all field operations, including the Office of Air Operations, and Protective Services Division as well as all eight geographic field divisions within California, comprising of over 102 field offices and personnel. In July of 2016 Assistant Commissioner Silsbee served as the Incident Commander over 300 CHP officers who responded to Cleveland Ohio in order to assist Ohio authorities in maintaining public safety during the Republican National Convention.
The Assistant Commissioner, Staff (ACS) provides executive level oversight of four administrative Divisions and one office as well as serving as the Department's Fiscal Officer. ACS currently oversees the operations of the following divisions and office; Administrative Services Division, Enforcement and Planning Division, Information Management Division, Personnel and Training Division, and the Office of Employee Safety and Assistance.