Undersheriff Gary Pentis


Gary Pentis

Gary Pentis is a 36-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.


Throughout Gary’s career, he has worked in virtually every division and brings with him vast experience in all functional and geographical areas of the Department. During his 36 years with the Sheriff’s Office, Gary's assignments have included Detention Services, East County Patrol/Special Enforcement Unit, SWAT team member, and served ten years in Narcotics both as a Senior Deputy and Sergeant. During this time, Gary was recognized for his excellence in narcotics investigations and was named Narcotic Officer of the Year in 1986 and 1992, respectively.


In 2006, Gary promoted to Commander and managed the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for the next 18 months. He was then re-assigned to the Special Services Division with oversight of Major Crimes, Narcotics, Aviation/Search & Rescue, Intelligence, Crime Analysis, Sheriff’s Systems Bureau, S.W.A.T., Technical Services Unit, and the Tactical Negotiations Unit.


In 2009, Gary promoted to Chief Deputy and continued to oversee the Special Services Division. In 2011, the department's command and executive staff were reorganized and he was reassigned as one of two Assistant Sheriff’s. Gary had oversight of the Detention Services and Special Services Divisions. During this time, he helped create the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, a task force comprised of members from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation, the California Highway Patrol, and the Health Quality Investigation Unit of the California Division of Investigation. The primary mission of the task force is combating the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use.


In February 2015, Gary was promoted to the position of Undersheriff. As Undersheriff, he has oversight over a $200 million budget and the daily operations of the entire Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.


Gary earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health from San Diego State University, and is passionate about life-long learning. In fact, he has taught nationally and internationally covering topics that include international money laundering, domestic violence, and open source and intelligence gathering.