Union Institute & University alumnus appointed Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol

Union Institute & University alumnus appointed Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol

Union Institute & University alum Sean Duryee has been appointed Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol by California Governor Gavin Newsom, effective February 3. Duryee is now in charge of 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 over 1 million miles of road, it also protects California citizens and visitors against terrorism and computer theft, and manages emergency response, throughout the state. By land, sea, and air, the CHP is there to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.

“A veteran of the CHP, Commissioner Duryee has dedicated his career to serving the people of California, starting as a Cadet decades ago,” said Governor Newsom. “His leadership, extensive experience, and dedication will continue to serve California well and I thank him for taking on this new role.”

Duryee has been serving as Acting Commissioner since January 2023. From 1998 to 2022 he served in several positions at CHP, including Deputy Commissioner, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner, Special Representative to the Legislature, Commander of the Department’s Commercial Vehicle Section, and Academy Instructor.

Throughout his remarkable career, Commissioner Duryee has received numerous honors and awards, including the Governor’s Employee Safety Award for his efforts to enhance officer safety training.  Moreover, his vast departmental experience and knowledge were instrumental in implementing the Department’s Advanced Officer Safety Training program.

As a law enforcement leader, Commissioner Duryee strongly believes in the value of community service, respect for others, and fair and impartial policing.  Over the course of his career, he has actively provided community service both on- and off-duty, including instructing community self-defense courses, and volunteering for local church youth groups, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorer programs.  Currently, Commissioner Duryee is the varsity women’s basketball coach for Liberty Ranch High School.

Duryee graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management in 2005 and holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology from Sacramento City College.  (Source: CA Highway Patrol)