Interim Police Chief Don Aguilar has over 35 years of progressive law enforcement experience in Ventura County. He has lived in the County for over four decades.
Chief Aguilar brings a wide array of experience with him including assignments in supervision of Patrol, Custody, Administration, Major Crimes, Narcotics, and Community Oriented Police and Problem Solving (C.O.P.P.S.).
The Chief performed at the rank of Captain as a Patrol Watch Commander, Sheriff’s Adjutant and Public Information Officer, Jail Facility Manager, Thousand Oaks Police Department Assistant Chief of Police, and Headquarters Patrol Station Manager. He has also instructed peace officers in a number of topics including Leadership & Ethics, Field Training Officer, Drug Abuse Recognition, Media Relations, and Academy Instructor Certification.
Chief Aguilar earned a Masters Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach.
He is also a graduate of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Supervisory Leadership Institute and the Executive Development Program.
The Chief is focusing on community engagement while providing comprehensive oversight of the Police Department to best serve the needs of every citizen in the City.