Commander Dave Murray


Dave Murray

Commander Dave Murray is a 27-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office having lateraled from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 1990, where his law enforcement career began.

Dave was born in Bakersfield and moved to Ventura where he graduated from St. Bonaventura High School. He attended Ventura College where he played baseball and earned his Associative Arts degree in general studies. Dave attended California State University at Long Beach and Southwest University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Dave promoted to Senior Deputy in 1996 and Sergeant in 2001. During his time in both ranks, he worked in Detention Services, Patrol Services, and as a Recruit Training Officer at the Academy. Dave also worked in Professional Standards and served as the Adjutant to the Undersheriff before being promoted to captain in 2010.

As a Sheriff's Captain, Dave worked as a patrol Watch Commander, managed the Court Services Bureau and was assigned as the Academy Director prior to his promotion to Commander in 2016.

During Commander Murray's tenure as a captain, he also managed both the K-9 Unit and SWAT team.

Upon promotion to commander, Dave was temporarily assigned to the Support Services Division where he had oversight of Professional Standards/Internal Affairs, Audits & Inspections, Academy, In-Service Training, Range, and the Peer Support program. In January 2017, Dave was selected to serve as the Chief of Police for the city of Camarillo.

Dave and his wife Lisa have three sons and they reside in Ventura.