Deputy Commissioner Amanda Ray will become the first female Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol in the agency’s 91-year history. Ray was appointed to the position after Commissioner Warren Stanley announced his retirement effective Nov. 17.

Earlier this year, Ray made history when she became the first Black woman to be named deputy commissioner for the nation’s largest state-run police agency.

Ray, 54, started with the CHP in 1990 as a cadet, moving steadily up through the ranks in the interim. The CHP told CBS Ray has “actively engaged with the communities she serves” throughout her career and has been a pioneer for women in law enforcement.

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