New acting CHP commissioner has Valley roots

Acting CHP Commisioner Warren Stanley
Acting CHP Commisioner Warren Stanley

Warren Stanley, who has roots in the San Joaquin Valley, was designated acting commissioner of the California Highway Patrol last week by Gov. Jerry Brown.

He grew up in Dos Palos as one of 12 children, and his mother and several siblings now live in Fresno.

“I’m proud to be from the Central Valley,” he said.

He takes over from former Commissioner Joe Farrow, who now is chief of police at the University of California, Davis.

It’s Brown’s choice to name the next commissioner.

Previously, Stanley served two years as the CHP’s deputy commissioner and was responsible for day-to-day operations of the agency, which has 11,000 employees and a $2 billion annual budget.

I’m proud to be from the Central Valley.

Warren Stanley, acting CHP commissioner

In an interview with The Bee, Stanley said his father, the late S.C. Stanley Sr., worked for Bill and Ed Koda’s rice farm in Dos Palos. His father and mother, Frankie Stanley, raised seven boys and five girls in Dos Palos, he said.

Stanley visits his mother about once a month in Fresno and said he expects to be in town in the latter part of September to attend a California Trucking Association function.

Stanley, 56, is a 1979 graduate of Dos Palos High. He played baseball and basketball in his last two years of high school.

He attended Fresno City College for a semester before switching to Merced College because he had a job in Dos Palos and there was a shuttle to campus, he said.

After graduating from Merced College with an associate of science degree in administration of justice, Stanley continued his higher education at California State University, Los Angeles. He said he always wanted to be a CHP officer and while in college was accepted into the CHP academy and began his CHP career, returning to Cal State to complete his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.

His older brother is a retired CHP captain. They worked the Harbor Freeway together, he said.

Stanley started as a patrol officer, was appointed to the Protective Services detail, served as a field training officer and trained as a member of the incident response team. He rose through the ranks and supervised the CHP’s Border Division Investigative Services Unit as a lieutenant, and then was named commander of the CHP Academy.

He is also a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute.

He also served as chief of the Southern Division.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold