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On February 9, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Warren A. Stanley as the 15th Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP); a Department with more than 11,000 members. As the leader of the largest state law enforcement agency in the nation, Commissioner Stanley is responsible for maintaining the safety and security of millions of residents and visitors across the Golden State. Prior to his appointment to Commissioner, he served as the Deputy Commissioner and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CHP.
Commissioner Stanley has been employed with the CHP since 1982, and is one of the distinguished few to hold every position from Officer to Commissioner within the CHP. Commissioner Stanley has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to public service, and is firmly dedicated to earning the public’s trust through enhanced accountability and transparency.
Throughout his career, Commissioner Stanley has been a leader within the Department and the community, actively participating in programs such as the Chips for Kids toy drive, the Martin Luther King Day Parade, the Lupus Race for Life, the Special Olympics Torch Run, Mothers Against Drunk Driving campaigns, and community outreach projects throughout California. Commissioner Stanley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Executive Institute.
Commissioner Stanley is the first African American in the history of the CHP to hold the rank of Commissioner.
Deputy Commissioner Amanda L. Ray is a 30-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). She has earned numerous awards and commendations in her personal life, during her professional career with the Department, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. In February 2020, Deputy Commissioner Ray was selected by CHP Commissioner Warren A. Stanley to serve as the Department’s Deputy Commissioner.
With an operational budget of over 2.8 billion dollars, she oversees 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 has been a pioneer for women in law enforcement as the first African American female in the CHP’s 91-year history to hold the position of second in command for the nation’s largest state police agency.
Deputy Commissioner Ray served an integral role as the Department’s first female officer to be assigned as the Special Response Team Tactical Commander during Super Bowl 50 held at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Her vast field experience has allowed her to effectively serve as incident commander during a variety of other high-profile events including the Occupy Oakland and Occupy Marin events in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a leader in law enforcement, Deputy Commissioner Ray holds firm to the values set forth by the CHP’s Public Trust Initiative to serve and safeguard our communities with compassion and understanding.
Throughout her career, Deputy Commissioner Ray has actively engaged with the communities she serves, seeking every opportunity to participate in outreach events, and active involvement in departmental programs to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security to the people of California.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) Assistant Commissioner Rich Stewart was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from Omaha Central High School, he joined the United States Army, and completed tours of duty in Heidelberg, Germany; Fort Ord California; and at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. After serving his country for six years, Commissioner Stewart joined the CHP Academy in 1990. After graduating the CHP Academy, he was assigned to the San Jose Area office where he worked as a patrol officer and as a public affairs officer for nine years.In 1999, he promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to Border Division in San Diego, California, where he was responsible for overseeing the Public Affairs, Recruitment, and Background Investigation Units. In 2005, Commissioner Stewart promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to the Indio Area and later to the Riverside Area. In July 2009, Commissioner Stewart promoted to the rank of Captain and was assigned to the San Diego Area, where he was the Commander of one of the largest and most complex Areas in the state. Commissioner Stewart promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief in 2013 and served in both Inland Division (Inland Empire) and Border Division (San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial counties).Commissioner Stewart promoted to the rank of Chief in June 2018 and served as the CHP Central Division Commander. Geographically, Central Division covers 9 counties, encompassing nearly 30,000 square miles, 20,000 miles of unincorporated roadway, 600 miles of freeway, and a population of approximately 3.4 million people.
In August 2020, Commissioner Stewart was selected by CHP Commissioner Warren A. Stanley to serve as the Department’s Assistant Commissioner, Field, and is responsible for the administration of all field operations, including the 8 geographical Divisions, Protective Services Division, and the Office of Air Operations.Commissioner Stewart is a 30-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, is a United States Army Veteran, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from San Jose State University. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and daughter and rooting for the San Francisco 49ers!
Assistant Commissioner Jim Epperson is a 37-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and has earned numerous awards and commendations during his professional career with the Department. In April 2020, Assistant Commissioner Epperson was selected by CHP Commissioner Warren A. Stanley to serve as the Department’s Assistant Commissioner, Staff. With an operational budget of over 2.8 billion dollars, and one of the largest law enforcement agencies in California, he serves as the Department’s Fiscal Officer, and provides Executive level oversight of the Department’s four administrative Divisions, and the Office of Employee Safety and Assistance.Commissioner Epperson’s vast commercial vehicle experience has allowed him to be influential in the policy and regulation development of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology for the past several years. He was a member of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Autonomous Vehicle Committee, AAMVA Law Enforcement Standing Committee, and the California Transportation Agency Autonomous Vehicle Visioning Group. Commissioner Epperson was also the co-chair of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Enforcement and Industry Modernization committee addressing commercial vehicle AV issues, the California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology Truck Platooning Project; and lead the CHP AV working group. Within the State of California, he has been a voting member for the California Freight Advisory Committee; the California Maritime Security Council; the Regional Railroad Accident Preparedness and Immediate Response Fund Advisory Committee; and the Chair of the California Electronic Bypass Management System Steering Committee. Commissioner Epperson is an active member of the California Peace Officers’ Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, serving on the Highway Safety Committee. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in Public Administrations and is certified as a Program Manager; Law Enforcement Auditor; in Risk Communication, Radiological Safety Officer; and certified in advanced computer forensics.