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Sheriff's Deputies Promoted
updated: Mar 04, 2013, 7:42 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office held, what is believed to be, the largest Promotional Ceremony, in its history this morning at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. Before an audience of about two hundred people made up of colleagues, family and friends, Sheriff Bill Brown announced the promotions of twelve veteran deputies to higher ranks in the Sheriff's Office. The dozen who were promoted, were chosen after a challenging and competitive testing process. Sheriff Brown said it's an accomplishment they should be proud of. He said, "Our promotional process is rigorous, as it should be, and the caliber of our people is such that the competition is always tough. This is an exciting time of transition for the Sheriff's Office. The twelve people who emerged from this process have done, and I know will continue to do, an outstanding job for our agency and the public we serve." The Sheriff swore each of those promoted into their new rank and gave each a new badge for the position.

The promotions follow a number of recent retirements and include one Chief Deputy, three Commanders, two Sheriff's Lieutenants, one Custody Lieutenant, four Sheriff's Sergeants and one Custody Sergeant. All of those promoted have worked for the Sheriff's Office for many years and have experience in numerous assignments within the organization.

Chief Deputy Lazaro Salinas will take over Custody Operations. Chief Salinas, who was born and raised in Oxnard, was hired by the Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Trainee in 1988. Since then he has worked numerous assignments which include Goleta and Carpinteria Patrol and Narcotics. Chief Salinas has also worked as an Academy Instructor and Major Crimes Detective. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and Lieutenant in 2004. In 2007 Chief Salinas graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 2008, he was promoted to Commander and has been in charge of the Special Operations Division, Criminal Investigations Divisions and the South County Patrol Division.

Sheriff's Commander Eric Koopmans will move to the Santa Maria office to take over North County Patrol Operations which includes the Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc and Santa Maria. Commander Koopmans started his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office and was hired at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office in 1984. He has worked patrol as a Deputy, Senior Deputy and Sergeant at nearly every station. Commander Koopmans also worked in the Criminal Investigations Division as a Detective and Sergeant. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2005 and was assigned to the Special Operations Division overseeing the Intel Unit, Narcotics Bureau and High Tech Crimes Unit. He was also Chief of Police Services for the contract city of Carpinteria. He most recently has worked as the Human Resources Manager.

Sheriff's Commander Solomon Linver will take over South County Patrol Operations which include Isla Vista, Goleta, Carpinteria and the Montecito area. Commander Linver, a Connecticut native who spent many years in the Air Force, was hired as a Deputy with the Sheriff's Office in 1984. He has worked in the jail, Goleta Patrol, Isla Vista Foot Patrol, Crime Prevention Unit and Training Bureau. In 1994 he was hired as a Detective and was assigned to Investigations and was our first high tech crimes investigator. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and was assigned to Goleta Patrol, Coastal Patrol, Forensics, Public Safety Dispatch and the Systems and Technology Unit. In 2004, he was promoted to Lieutenant at the Isla Vista Station where he helped design the new IV Foot Patrol Station. He has most recently worked in the Criminal Investigations and Special Investigations Bureau.

Sheriff's Commander Julie McCammon will take over Administrative Services and is one of the few females in the Sheriff's Office history to achieve the rank of Commander. McCammon has deep family roots in the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. She is married to a Sheriff's Sergeant and her brother-in-law is a Sergeant as well. Commander McCammon grew up in Santa Barbara and started as an intern with the Sheriff's Office in 1984. She helped author a crime prevention grant which awarded several thousand dollars to the Sheriff's office for the program. One year later she was hired as a Correction Officer and then promoted to Deputy where she worked patrol, narcotics, Human Resources and DARE. She was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and worked patrol and Human Resources. In 2001 she was promoted to Lieutenant and since then she acted as the Chief of Police Services for Goleta, Solvang and Buellton. She also spent three years in the Training Bureau. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the only current sworn Sheriff's Office employee who has graduated from the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Command College, a program that focuses on leadership principles and strategies for preparing for the future. Commander McCammon has most recently worked in Court Services.

Sheriff's Lieutenant Craig Bonner will take over the Narcotics Enforcement Division and the Vice/Intel Division. Lt. Bonner, the Valedictorian of his Alan Hancock law enforcement academy class, grew up in Lompoc and joined the Sheriff's Office in 1993 to work in the Main Jail. He became a Sheriff's Deputy two years later and worked at different stations within the organization. In 2000, he was promoted to a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division and was part of a high profile investigative task force. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and has supervised employees in various areas of the Department. He has most recently supervised the Sheriff's Office of Professional Standards.

Sheriff's Lieutenant Robert Plastino will manage the Human Resources Division. Lt. Plastino grew up in San Diego and served in the Army National Guard where he received several awards and medals, including the bronze star, for his service in Iraq. He joined the Sheriff's Office in 1998 as a Deputy and worked numerous assignments including Isla Vista Foot Patrol, Gang Teams DARE, Backgrounds and Narcotics. In 2007 he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to Central Stations Patrol. He has most recently worked in Human Resources.

Custody Lieutenant Jeffrey Warren is assigned at the Main Jail and will assume responsibility for the Jail Classification Unit and Special Operations Response Team. He grew up in Ventura and joined the Sheriff's Office as a Correction Officer in 1991. He has had numerous assignments that included Main Jail Operations, Classification Unit, Honor Farm, Inmate Services and Transportation Unit. In 1995 he was promoted to Sergeant and most recently has worked as the Custody Administrative Sergeant.

Sheriff's Sergeant Richard Brittingham is assigned to the Carpinteria and Coastal Bureau. Sgt. Brittingham grew up in Santa Barbara County and in 1997 was hired to work as a Juvenile Institutions Officer with the Santa Barbara County Probation Department and later worked as a Home Supervision Officer for juvenile probationers. In 2000, he was promoted to Deputy Probation Officer and supervised high risk offenders in the Santa Maria area. Sgt. Brittingham joined the Sheriff's Office in 2003 as a Deputy Trainee and upon graduating from the Academy he was assigned patrol duties in the Santa Barbara and Goleta area. In 2006 he was appointed to Detective in the Special Investigation Bureau and has most recently served as a Narcotics Investigator.

Sheriff's Sergeant Daniel Calderon is assigned to the Carpinteria Station. Sgt. Calderon grew up in the Santa Barbara area and joined the Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Trainee in 2002. During his career he has been assigned to the Coastal Operations Division, Isla Vista Foot Patrol and the Goleta Patrol Bureau. He has also been a Detective in the Coroner's Bureau and Human Resources. He is a graduate of the U.S.C. Delinquency Control Institute. Most recently he has worked at the Goleta Patrol Bureau as a patrol deputy.

Sheriff's Sergeant Garret Te Slaa is assigned to the Carpinteria Station. Sgt. Te Slaa grew up in Colorado and moved to California in 2000. He joined the Sheriff's Office in 2005 and has had numerous assignments in his career including Carpinteria Patrol, Goleta Patrol and Court Services. He was the Community Resources Deputy for the City of Goleta and has most recently worked patrol in Goleta.

Sheriff's Sergeant Frank Vasquez is moving from the Lompoc station to the Goleta station. Sgt. Vasquez grew up in Hemet, California and worked as a military working dog handler in the United States Air Force. He was deployed all over the world and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He joined the Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Trainee in 2005 and has had numerous assignments in patrol at various stations. In 2010, he was appointed to Senior Deputy and assigned to Santa Maria, Goleta and Central Stations which is his most recent assignment.

Custody Sergeant Ronald Phillips is assigned to the Mail Jail Custody Operations. Custody Sergeant Phillips grew up in Lompoc and joined the Sheriff's Office as a Correction Officer in 2001. During his tenure, he has been assigned to the Main Jail and Alternative Sentencing. He has been a part of the Special Operations Response Team for 11 years. In 2007, he was appointed to Special Duty Correction Officer at the Main Jail.

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