By Elisabeth Smith

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — History was made Tuesday at the California Highway Patrol.

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Amanda Ray was sworn-in by Gov. Gavin Newsom as the new CHP Commissioner. She is the first woman to lead the agency in its 91-year history.

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Ray relaces Warren Stanley, who retired Tuesday after 38 years of service.

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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, of Sacramento, started with the CHP in 1990 as a cadet, moving steadily up through the ranks in the interim. The CHP said 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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