Sheriff Brown and Sheriff's Custody Commander Charles Powell
Sheriff Brown and Chief Financial Officer Hope Vasquez
Sheriff's Custody Deputies Eric White and Dale Bebeau
Sheriff Brown Swears in New Hires
Sheriff's Deputy Charles Strange III
Sheriff's Communications Dispatchers Georgina Grippa and Celeste Johnson
Sheriff's Offices Welcomes Five New Employees and Celebrates Two Promotions
Santa Barbara- February 6th, 2017
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office welcomed five new employees and celebrated two promotions today, February 6, 2017, at a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Training Bureau. Among the new hires were two new Communications Dispatchers, two Custody Deputies and one Sheriff’s Deputy. The Sheriff also promoted a Custody Commander and a Chief Financial Officer.
23-year Sheriff’s Office veteran Charles Powell was promoted to Custody Commander. Powell has held a variety of assignments at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail. He is a recipient of the Sheriff’s Office Medal of Valor, H. Thomas Guerry Award and recognition for valor by the California State Assembly and Senate for helping to save the life of a woman trapped in a burning van and for rendering first aid to the other three passengers involved in a head-on collision on Highway 1. He also received the Distinguished Service Award for his work at the Sheriff’s Training Bureau.
13-year Sheriff’s Office veteran Hope Vasquez was selected to take over as the agency’s new Chief Financial Officer. Vasquez started as an accountant with the Sheriff’s Office in 2004 and worked her way through the ranks to overseeing the Administrative Business Office. She later became the Accountant Supervisor. Most recently, she worked as the Fiscal Officer before taking over as the Acting Chief Financial Officer.
Also at the ceremony, Sheriff Bill Brown welcomed and gave Certificates of Appointment to two new dispatchers, Georgina Grippa and Celeste Johnson. The women were selected after a competitive hiring process.
The Sheriff also gave Certificates of Appointment to two new Custody Deputies, Eric White and Dale Bebeau. White previously served as a Corrections Officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Bebeau is a former Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Explorer. The Sheriff also welcomed Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Strange III who comes to the Sheriff’s Office after serving 28 years with the Lompoc Police Department. The Sheriff swore in all three new hires and presented each with their badges.
Sheriff Brown said he is pleased with the caliber and character of all the new hires and promotees. He said, “These are quality people who will be great additions to our team, either as new members or assuming new responsibilities through promotion.”
The Sheriff’s Office is always looking for quality candidates to join our team. We are currently accepting positions for Sheriff’s Deputy Trainee, Custody Deputy and Communications Dispatcher 1. If you are interested in making a difference and a meaningful career with the Sheriff’s Office, we encourage you to visit our website at www.sbsheriff.org and go to our employment page.
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