California Highway Patrol Sonora personnel have a new commander, Lt. Destiny Tafoya, and she is the first female commander for the CHP jurisdiction that comprises all of Tuolumne County and part of north Mariposa County.

Tafoya’s experience with the California Highway Patrol includes assignments in the Modesto area, the Coachella Valley, and Los Angeles County. She took command at CHP Sonora headquarters in Jamestown on April 1.

She replaces Shane Ferreira, who was promoted to and is now commander for Modesto Area CHP. Ferreira became CHP Sonora commander back in February 2017.

According to a California Highway Patrol lieutenant seniority list, Tafoya promoted to her current rank in April 2018, and the CHP Sonora command is her first new assignment since being promoted to lieutenant.

In April, Tafoya helped present awards to athletes for their participation in a Special Olympics Northern California track meet in the Modesto area. In April 2017, she was a CHP sergeant with California Highway Patrol Indio, east of Palm Springs in Riverside County. In November 2014 she was working still working for the CHP in the Coachella Valley.

In May 2007, she was a California Highway Patrol officer working in Los Angeles County.

Sonora CHP personnel have patrol and collision investigation responsibilities on 72 miles of Highway 108, 56 miles of Highway 120, 37 miles of Highway 49, 19 miles of Highway 132, as well as 600 miles of paved county roads, and more than 2,850 miles of graded national forest roads.

Contact Guy McCarthy at or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.