Chief Trina Newman

Chief Jose Rivera

OJAI, CA (January 19, 2023) The City of Ojai has selected Chief Trina Newman as its new chief of police. Chief Newman will begin her assignment on January 22, 2023, and the City will welcome her at the upcoming City Council meeting on January 24, 2023. Chief Newman will replace Chief Jose Rivera, who served as Ojai’s chief of police since January 2020. Chief Rivera has received a promotion and will now serve as an assistant sheriff of operations under the newly elected Ventura County Sheriff James Fryhoff.

“We are incredibly grateful for Chief Rivera’s dedication to our community and his 30-plus years of service to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office,” said Ojai City Manager James Vega. “While his leadership will be missed, we are excited to welcome our new chief of police, Chief Newman, and look forward to working with her.”

Chief Newman has been a resident of Ventura County since 1998 when she began her career with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management and has worked many different assignments prior to becoming the chief of police of Ojai, including as a patrol watch commander and a sergeant at the Ojai station. Chief Newman has also served in positions in operations, support and detention divisions, and has supervised such units as the mounted enforcement unit, incident review team and as an academy instructor since 2017. She spent several years as a background investigator and was recognized for her efforts of recruitment of women in 2019. Chief Newman and her family currently reside in Ojai.

As Ojai’s chief of police, Chief Rivera worked hand-in-hand with local leaders and residents to promote public safety. His contribution list is extensive, with major accomplishments including reinstituting foot patrols at Libbey Park and at the downtown Arcade, and helping lead a series of conversations on public safety and community engagement. Chief Rivera also provided vital assistance as the city navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic. His tenure will be remembered because of his kind and professional demeanor, his commitment to public safety and his focus on community engagement.