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City Announces Police Chief Appointment for Thousand Oaks

CONTACT:  Andrew Powers, City Manager, 805.449.2132;

City Announces Police Chief Appointment for Thousand Oaks 

The City of Thousand Oaks, in conjunction with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO), announced today that Commander James Fryhoff, who currently serves as the Chief of Police in the City of Ojai, will become the Thousand Oaks Chief of Police in January 2020. Thousand Oaks contracts for police services with VCSO, who in consultation with the City, appoints a commander to lead the City’s Police Department and work directly with local officials as a member of the City’s executive team.

Commander James “Jim” Fryhoff is a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Jim has worked a variety of assignments with the Sheriff’s Office, including detention services, patrol, special enforcement, investigations, and crime prevention. He also served as the Adjutant for two sitting Sheriffs, Assistant Chief in Thousand Oaks, Chief of Police of Ojai, and area Captain for the Ojai Valley.

Commenting on the leadership transition, City Manager Andrew Powers said “Jim’s depth of law enforcement experience, charisma, and knowledge of our community make him the perfect choice to succeed Chief Hagel. As Chief in the City of Ojai, he has built a strong reputation for responsiveness, accountability, and innovation. We’re thrilled to have Chief Fryhoff join the City’s executive leadership team and help to build upon our community’s legacy of excellence in policing.”

“Jim has a broad depth of public safety experience with an emphasis in community-oriented policing and problem solving” said Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub on the nomination. “He has a strong work ethic, high professional standards, and the courage to take risks with innovative programs and approaches to policing.  Jim’s experience level and previous positions held with the Thousand Oaks Police Department, including that of the Assistant Police Chief, make him a strong and natural selection to lead the city’s police services into the future.”

Jim is married to his wife, Traci, with whom he has two daughters: Vanessa (15) and Savannah (13).  Jim received his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in 2009 in vocational education with an emphasis on adult learning theory, a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in administrative leadership, and graduated from the FBI National Academy Session 261 in September 2015. Jim is a two-time Deputy of the Year recipient and received the Medal of Valor in 1997. On his appointment, Fryhoff said “I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve as the Chief of Police for Thousand Oaks. I have spent several years assigned to the Thousand Oaks Police Department developing relationships with community stakeholders. I am looking forward to continuing to build on those relationships as I lead the women and men of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Thousand Oaks Station in our delivery of service to the Conejo Valley.