City of Ventura selects new Chief of Police

Darin Schindler to lead the department.

After a two-month search, Ventura City Manager Alex D. McIntyre has selected Ventura Assistant Police Chief Darin Schindler to lead the department following the retirement of Chief Ken Corney who has held the position since 2009.

Darin was born and raised in Ventura County and has called the City of Ventura, and the Ventura Police Department, home for the past 25 years. He began his career with the Port Hueneme Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer in 1989 and was hired as a full-time police officer in 1990. He then joined the Ventura Police Department in 1995 and has worked in various ranks and assignments, including the Assistant Chief of Police, for the last five years. Darin holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration.

Darin told the Breeze “As Ventura Police Department’s next Chief of Police, I am committed to proactive and innovative policing strategies while continuing to enhance our community responsiveness, collaboration, and problem solving efforts. I am proud of the amazing work done every day by the men and women of our Department and am grateful for this exciting opportunity.”

“Darin Schindler has been a strong leader in the Ventura Police Department for many years, and I am excited to see him take over as our next Police Chief” said Mayor Matt LaVere. “Although Chief Corney leaves behind very big shoes to fill, there is no one I trust more than Darin to lead the department and continue our mission of building a safe and prosperous Ventura.”

City Manager McIntyre said, “Darin has a solid reputation locally as a progressive and transformational leader. He will build a team of professionals to continue to serve and protect our community. I know he can lead the department through whatever challenges lie ahead.” Darin will start his new position on April 4, 2020.

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