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SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR POLICE CHIEF SCOTT WHITNEY OCT. 4
Join us at the swearing-in ceremony for Oxnard’s new Police Chief Scott Whitney on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at the City Council Chambers, 305 W. Third St. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. We hope you will join us to welcome Police Chief Whitney in his new role.
City Manager Greg Nyhoff announces selection of Scott Whitney as Oxnard’s new police chief
OXNARD, Calif.–City Manager Greg Nyhoff announced the appointment of Scott Whitney as the City’s new police chief effective Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.
Currently serving as one of Oxnard’s two assistant city managers, Mr. Whitney is a 25-year veteran of the Oxnard Police Department. He served nine years as assistant police chief prior to being asked to serve as assistant city manager at a time when the City was going through tremendous leadership turnover, the organizational assessment and a reorganization.
“With the recent announcement that current Police Chief Jeri Williams will be returning back to Phoenix, Ariz., to serve as the chief of police and with the stabilization of the City’s finances and our organizational transformation well underway, it’s a perfect time for Mr. Whitney to return to his passion and roots to serve our City into the future as chief of police,” said City Manager Greg Nyhoff.
“I’ve learned so much over the past 20 months, and I have a new appreciation for all of the challenges facing the City,” said Scott Whitney. “However, public safety is in my blood. It’s where my heart is,” he said.
“Scott will be our first chief in many decades that was actually born and raised in Oxnard. He went to Ramona and Sierra Linda Elementary Schools, Fremont Junior High School and Oxnard High School. He knows our City, our residents, our challenges and most importantly, our strengths and our opportunities,” Nyhoff said.
Contributing to Whitney’s strong leadership and organizational management style is a broad educational background. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Oregon. His major area of study was finance, with accounting as his secondary subject area. He also earned a master’s degree in public administration at California State University, Northridge.
“In my interview with Scott about the police chief position, he spoke about his passion and priorities for the future. He is committed to the City Council’s strategic priorities including reducing crime rates and expanding our community partnerships,” said Nyhoff.
“Scott’s extensive leadership experience, love for the Oxnard Police Department and Oxnard community make him the right person for this position. To assist me with the selection of our Police Chief, I conducted interviews with Assistant Police Chiefs Jason Benites and Eric Sonstegard, both of whom wholeheartedly endorsed him,” said Nyhoff.
The City of Oxnard is a full-service general law city incorporated in 1903. Oxnard is the largest and most populous city in the County of Ventura, serving 200,000 culturally diverse residents. Located along Southern California’s central coast, Oxnard is 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara. Read more about the City of Oxnard at www.cityofoxnard.org. Follow us on social media at www.twitter.com/CityofOxnard (@CityofOxnard), www.facebook.com/CityofOxnard and www.vimeo.com/cityofoxnard.
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