Assistant Sheriff John Crombach


John Crombach

Assistant Sheriff John Crombach was born in Fort Lewis, Washington. The son of a U.S. Marine, the family was soon transferred to Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County where John was raised. John graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During his six years on active duty he served in Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four at NAS Point Mugu and Fighter Squadron fifty-one aboard the USS Franklin Roosevelt. During his tour of duty at Point Mugu, John earned his associates degree from Ventura Community College and worked as a reserve police officer with the Port Hueneme Police Department. After his discharge from the Navy, John worked for Grumman Aerospace Corp. and Dynalectron supporting the maintenance effort on military aircraft.


In March of 1978 John was hired as a Ventura County deputy sheriff and was a member of class 78-2. He graduated in June of 1978 as the outstanding cadet and was assigned to the main jail at 501 Poli Street in Ventura. In November 1978 he lateraled to Port Hueneme P.D. where he worked for a little over six years as a police officer. In November 1984 he transferred to Ventura P.D. and in July 1985 he found a home at the Oxnard Police Department. Over his twenty-five year career at Oxnard P.D., John earned his B.S. degree and his M.P.A. and advanced through the ranks to chief of police. After nearly six years as the police chief, John retired from OPD in November 2010.


During his 32 year career he has worked a variety of assignments at various ranks including patrol, investigations, motors, SWAT, and served in the leadership of the peace officers association and a term as an LDF trustee in PORAC. John is passionate about policing and working to make a difference in the law enforcement profession. He is excited about returning to the Sheriff's Department and working with the outstanding men and women of VCSD.


John has been married to Danita for eighteen years and they have three children; Chris, Brian and Amanda.