The California Highway Patrol named a new commander to the San Andreas area Jan. 1. Lt. Dewayne Lewis, Sacramento, who is a 25-year veteran of the CHP, took over responsibility for 27 staff and 2,000 square miles of territory the office serves.
He replaces Lt. Josh Ehlers, who was transferred to the Office of the Commissioner in the Sacramento Area.
Officer Rebecca Myers, of the CHP, said many commanders take over the San Andreas area as their last job before retirement.
In Ehlers’ case, he was a younger man and was gaining valuable experience as the San Andreas commander in order to move up the ranks in the department.
Lewis worked in Santa Barbara, Indio and at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento during his time as an officer. In 2002, he was promoted to sergeant and worked in Los Banos, Napa and Woodland and at the department’s Emergency Notification and Tactical Alert Center, which is responsible for AMBER Alerts along with working in the Office of Internal Affairs. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2008 and was assigned to the CHP Academy overseeing cadet training and has worked in the Contra Costa and South Sacramento CHP Areas as well.
Lewis said he is looking forward to being engaged in the communities in which he serves and welcomes interaction and feedback from Calaveras County residents.