As of Jan. 2, the Mountain Area officially welcomed Lieutenant Jason Daughrity as the new CHP Mountain Area Commander.
Daughrity, a Coarsegold resident, brings with him 23 years in law enforcement including 21 years as a CHP officer and two years as a city policeman in the small town of Patterson located in Stanislaus County.
As a second generation patrolman, Daughrity comes from a long line of law enforcement including five family members who currently serve in different aspects of law enforcement.
After graduating from the academy in 1994, Daughrity ventured out to find his success in several opportunistic areas. As a CHP officer, he has been part of several inter-agency task forces including M.A.G.E.C. (Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium's) where Daughrity was one of two CHP officers initially asked to participate in the program.
Some of the lieutenants most memorable experiences came when he worked with H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Theft), an auto theft task force designed to work with Fresno Police to curb the ever growing thefts in Fresno.
Daughrity said he is ready for the next chapter in his career and is excited to represent such a tight-knit community.
“I’m here to be a part of the community and put a face to the highway patrol. I bring a tremendous amount of diverse law enforcement experience...boots on the ground experience,” Daughrity said.
For Daughrity, the transition will be smooth. The Coarsegold resident since 2002, he said this is where he calls home. Daughrity hopes his law enforcement experience and area residency can help him bring a perspective that will better equip him to deal with problems that are unique to this area.
“I have a strong intent on making a connection with the community and helping them understand what [CHP] daily jobs are and how our primary focus is safety... it’s not about riding up and down the road writing tickets,” Daughrity said
His focus will remain much the same as previous CHP commanders with the idea of keeping roads safe with a heavy emphasis on drunk drivers. He also plans to focus on promoting and educating the community on the importance of teen driver safety including texting while driving, provisional license restraints, and hands-free devices.
“I really hope to make an impact on teen driver safety,” Daughrity said. “If we educate we won’t have to enforce and our primary goal is about safety.”
Daughrity replaces Lieutenant Commander Sandra Adams following her retirement in December after 11 years of service as commander of the mountain division.