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City of Camarillo to Welcome New Police Chief in February 2015
12/30/2014 2:22:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

New Chief of Police in the City of Camarillo


Camarillo, CA


February 2015

Unit Responsible:

Sheriff's Administration


Commander Monica McGrath has been selected as the new Chief of Police for the City of Camarillo by City Manager Bruce Feng. McGrath will replace Commander Guy Stewart, who is being promoted to Assistant Sheriff and will lead the Sheriff's Special Services Division and Detention Services Division.


Commander McGrath is a 27-year member of the Sheriff's Office.  Born and raised in northern New Jersey, she attended Trenton State College and earned her bachelor's degree in Administrative Business Management in 1985. Commander McGrath moved to Ventura in 1986 and joined the Sheriff's Office in 1987. She spent a majority of her career working in the contract City of Camarillo in various positions such as patrol deputy, youth officer, detective sergeant, and as the captain of the station serving under then Commander Steve DeCesari.


McGrath has also served as the Chief of Police in Fillmore. In addition her experience includes working as a sexual assault investigator, academy training officer, internal affairs investigator, property crimes detective sergeant, and overseeing patrol operations as a watch commander.  


She was promoted to the rank of commander in March 2014 and has been leading the West County Patrol Services Bureau, which includes the contract cities of Fillmore and Ojai, the Lockwood Valley Station, the Headquarters Station, the Sheriff's Communication Center and the Office of Emergency Services.


Throughout her career, Commander McGrath has been involved in many community based organizations including Rotary, Interface Children and Family Services, Executive Board Member of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, the Santa Clara Valley Boys and Girls Club, and serves on the Ventura County Community Commission. Some of her accomplishments involve working closely with the community based organization City Impact of Ventura County. Together, they applied for and were awarded grants to combat gang violence and to utilize intervention efforts to encourage at risk youth to stay away from the gang culture.


In 2005, Commander McGrath graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. While assigned to Camarillo and working in various assignments through the rank of captain, she was awarded Rookie of the Year, Kiwanis Officer of the Year, and the Community Hero award from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. 



Prepared by:

Sheriff Geoff Dean

News Release Date:


Media Follow-Up Contact:

December  30, 2014


Sheriff Geoff Dean (805) 654-2381