Following the recent announcement of Santa Paula Chief of Police Travis Walker's intent to retire, the City of Santa Paula has appointed Don Aguilar to serve as Interim Chief of Police. Aguilar’s contract is effective November 7 and will run until a permanent Chief is selected.
“Santa Paula welcomes Mr. Aguilar to serve as Interim Chief of Police,” said City Manager Dan Singer. “I think Mr. Aguilar will be a good fit for our community while the recruitment process is underway, and I look forward to him leading our Police Department during this time of transition.”
The selection process for the interim position included interviews with the Santa Paula City Council, City Manager Dan Singer and members of the Santa Paula Police Department. Based on his extensive law enforcement experience and regional knowledge, Aguilar was deemed the most suitable candidate to fulfill the role.
Aguilar has over 35 years of law enforcement experience in Ventura County, a place he has called home for over four decades. Having served as Captain of the Headquarters Patrol Station and Assistant Police Chief for the Thousand Oaks Police Department, he has focused on community engagement and addressing law enforcement challenges throughout his career. As a result, he has succeeded in collaborative relationships with law enforcement agencies, local government and community stakeholders.
"I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to embracing the Police Department, community, and city government,” said Aguilar. “The position commands focus and balance in these areas as a public servant.”
Following the interim appointment, the City will conduct a formal recruitment process to declare a permanent Chief of Police. The City intends to hire an executive recruitment firm to ensure the search for qualified candidates is robust and thorough. At the November 6 City Council meeting, the City Manager will provide an update to Council regarding the status of the search.