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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday October 8th, 2019 :: 10:53 a.m. PDT


News Story - New Camarillo Chief of Police

Nature of Incident: Camarillo Selects New Chief of Police

Date: October 8, 2019


The city of Camarillo has selected Commander Eric Tennessen as their new chief of police. Camarillo City Manager Dave Norman interviewed potential candidates for the position and, after conferring with the City Council, selected Eric to replace outgoing chief, Commander Dave Murray, who was recently appointed to Assistant Sheriff.

Eric is a twenty-one-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and has an extensive background in investigations that include assignments in Camarillo, Moorpark, Gang Unit, Special Crimes Unit, and Major Crimes Bureau. Eric was assigned as a patrol watch commander before transferring to Thousand Oaks where he managed patrol operations. In 2017, he was selected as the chief of police for the city of Fillmore where he has served for the past nineteen months.

Eric has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as well as a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge. Eric was born and raised in South Dakota and currently resides in Camarillo with his wife, Kaylee, and their four children. Eric will begin his service as Camarillo’s chief of police on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Prepared by: Sergeant Marta Bugarin

News Release Date: October 8, 2019

Media Follow-Up Contact: Commander Eric Tennessen (805) 797-7102

[email protected]

Approved by: Sheriff Bill Ayub

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
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Ventura, CA 93003

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