Assistant Sheriff steve decesari


Steve DeCesari

Steve DeCesari is a 38-year member of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Steve was raised in the Port Hueneme/Oxnard area since 1960 and graduated from Hueneme High School. He started his law enforcement career as a cadet and Reserve Police Officer with the Port Hueneme Police Department in 1974. He was hired as a Ventura County Sheriff’s Correctional Officer in 1976 and promoted to Deputy Sheriff in August 1977. His law enforcement career up to the rank of Captain includes working custody, patrol, training academy, detectives, background investigations, jail watch commander, records management, audits, special projects, PTDF Facility Manager and patrol administration. His first patrol assignment as a deputy sheriff was in the City of Camarillo, from 1979 to 1981, where he received the 1981 Optimist Club’s Officer of the Year Award.

Steve was promoted to Commander in February 2004 and assigned to the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. In September 2006 Steve was selected to be the Acting Chief of Police for the contract City of Camarillo. After spending almost 7 years as the Acting Chief of Police, Steve was reassigned to the East County Patrol Services Station in charge of patrol services for the contract City of Thousand Oaks, the East County unincorporated area and overseeing the Acting Chief of Police for the contract City of Moorpark.

In March 2014, Steve was appointed as an Assistant Sheriff by Sheriff Dean, overseeing the Patrol Services and Support Services Divisions. The Patrol Services Division encompasses 5 contract cities (Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore and Ojai) and unincorporated areas of Ventura County, the Communications Center and the Office of Emergency Services. The Support Services Division consists of the Professional Standards Bureau (Internal Affairs), Human Resources, Background Investigations, Business Office, Academy and Records.

Steve attended the California POST Supervisory Leadership Institute and received his Master of Public Administration from the California State University, Northridge.

Steve is married and they reside in Ventura County. He is a past Chair of the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, a past member of the Camarillo Noontime Rotary Club and past executive member of the Saving Lives Camarillo Anti-Drug/Underage Drinking Coalition for juveniles.