Commander Rick Barrios


Keith Parks

Rick Barrios Jr. was born and raised in the City of Ventura and graduated from Ventura High School. Rick began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a Cadet at the old Sheriff’s Station on Poli Street. He later became a Sheriff’s Service Technician at the Main Jail and at the age of 20, was hired as a Deputy Sheriff.

Rick has worked every station in the Sheriff’s Jurisdiction including the contract cities of Thousand Oaks, Fillmore, Camarillo and Ojai. He was named officer of the year in 1989 in the City of Camarillo and again in 1993 in the City of Ojai.

A majority of Rick’s career has been in the investigative field. This includes several years in Undercover Narcotics and Robbery / Homicide. When promoted to management, Rick was a Watch Commander in Patrol and spent a short time managing the Detention Services budget. Soon Rick was back into investigations and was the Captain of Major Crimes. He had oversight of the Homicide/Robbery Unit, Sexual Assault Unit, Cold Case Homicide Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, Financial Crimes and Agricultural Crimes.

Just after Sheriff Dean was elected in 2011, Rick was promoted to Sheriff’s Commander. His first assignment was West County Patrol which included the contract cities of Ojai and Fillmore. Other responsibilities included the unincorporated patrol areas, the Office of Emergency Services, Sheriff Dispatch and the Sheriff’s Gang Unit.

After a short stint in Support Services, Rick was transferred to the Pre-Trial Detention Facility where he led the charge for over three years. Rick had oversight of the Main Jail, Courts, the Civil Unit, Sheriff Transportation, the Juvenile Justice Center and the East County Jail.

In 2016, Rick returned to his original assignment as Commander of West County Patrol. His goal is to work with his deputies and professional staff and make our neighborhoods safe and free from crime. Rick is also working on several programs to build partnerships with our youth and the future of our many communities.

Rick earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

"In my 35+ years with the Sheriff's Office, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work some exciting and very challenging assignments. These opportunities gave me the ability to make a significant difference in the Sheriff's Office and the many communities that we serve. I have built lifelong loyal friendships with several of my fellow deputies and support staff who I now consider family!"