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Tuolumne County Welcomes New CHP Commander

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Sonora, CA — Effective July 1 Malkiat “Sam” Samra will assume the commander’s position currently held by the retiring Mike Ayala.

Samra comes to the Mother Lode from a lieutenant’s position in the Modesto area. The 26 year veteran labels this opportunity “a dream come true to have command of your own office and take care of your troops and protect the community.”

Samra spent eight of his 26 years with the CHP as a Public Affairs Officer (PAO). He worked under Ayala during the mid ’80’s in the Los Banos office. Samra states his first priority is to quickly get acquainted with the community so he and his staff can better serve the county.

Samra remains thankful that the Sonora Pass Highway Corridor Project has been extended through August. This will provide the CHP with greater coverage. Samra is well aware that 12 Tuolumne County motorists have been killed already this year. Last year there were only three fatalities the entire year.