Commander Dave Kenney


Dave Kenney

Commander Dave Kenney joined the Ventura County Sheriff's Office in 1990. Over the course of his career, Dave has had the opportunity to work in three of the Sheriff's four divisions, including assignments at five different patrol stations. Some of his past assignments include: Resident Deputy for the Lockwood Valley, Special Enforcement Gang Officer for Headquarters Patrol Station, Risk Assessment Officer and Classifications Unit Supervisor at two different custody facilities, Jail Watch Commander, Legal Unit Sergeant, Camarillo Station Administrative Sergeant/Field Training Officer Coordinator, Patrol Watch Commander, and Detention Services Administrative Captain.

Dave also worked many years with the Sheriff's Aviation-Search & Rescue Unit where he began as a Helicopter Crew Chief and later became the Sheriff's Search & Rescue Coordinator overseeing six separate search and rescue teams. Dave ultimately became the Captain of the Aviation Unit and oversaw all airborne and search and rescue operations for the Sheriff's Office.

Prior to his promotion to Commander, Dave served the City of Ojai as Chief of Police from 2012 to 2017 where he oversaw all crime control strategies for the City of Ojai and the unincorporated Ojai Valley.

Dave was promoted to Commander in January 2017. He is currently assigned to the Special Services Division where he oversees Major Crimes, Narcotics, and the Sheriff's Systems Bureau. He also oversees the Aviation-Search & Rescue Unit, Intelligence Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.)

Dave was born in Glendale, Ca. and moved to Ventura County in 1977. He is a graduate of Newbury Park High School and also attended Moorpark College. Dave holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from California Coast University.

In addition, Dave has traveled all over the world running marathons as a member of "Cops Running for Charity." He has completed marathons on all seven continents in support of various charitable organizations; such as: Make a Wish, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.