​CHP Commissioner

The Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol is responsible for one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the nation. With more than 12,000 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 citizens 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 serve and protect.

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 also reports to the Commissioner, and oversees two offices.​

The following three offices report to the Commissioner directly:

​Office of Special Representative

The Office of Special Representative (OSR) is responsible for representing the Department concerning state and federal legislation that impacts the programs and operations of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). This is accomplished by serving as the Department's representative to the California State Legislature and United States Congress, representing the Commissioner and the Department before special interest groups and other organizations interested in motor vehicle legislation or public safety issues, as well as numerous internal and external committees and task forces. OSR is committed to providing the Department exceptional representation in order to ensure effective communication with the Governor's office, members of the legislative body, state and federal agencies, and allied law enforcement agencies.

The Special Representative advises the Commissioner and the Department on all legislative matters, making certain that departmental positions on legislation are consistent with the Commissioner's philosophy, as well as that of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and the Governor's office. Additionally, OSR assists in the handling of legislator/constituent complaints involving the Department by serving as liaison between departmental personnel and the legislative body.

OSR also puts together the annual "New Laws" Vehicle Code training, participates in the yearly Digest of Traffic Legislation presentation, updates the "List of Violations," Annex B of the California Vehicle Code, and coordinates the Key Contact Program.

​Office of Employee Relations

The mission of the Office of Employee Relations (OER) is to provide the Department's managers and supervisors a resource they can rely on whenever an employer/employee relations matter arises. The commitment includes providing accurate, consistent, and timely information regarding contract interpretation and application, grievance and complaint handling, policies, and interpretation of the Dills Act.

The Commissioner's philosophy of fostering positive employer/employee relations has been a significant element to our success as an organization. The Department's positive working relationships with state labor organizations have been the model by which other state, federal, and local law enforcement agencies strive to emulate. One of the keys to our continued success as an organization will be to maintain open lines of communication with our employees and the organizations that represent them.

​Office of Inspector General


The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for establishing a credible and comprehensive process to identify and solve problems before they become critical issues. The OIG has created a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.

For more information regarding the OIG, please refer to the OIG web page at:


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