The City of Thousand Oaks, in conjunction with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, announced today that Commander Tim Hagel, who currently serves as the Thousand Oaks Police Chief, will retire from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (VSCO) in January 2020. Hagel has worked for VCSO since 1988 and has served in his current post for the past six years.
During Chief Hagel’s time in Thousand Oaks, the City has been consistently ranked one of the safest in the nation. Amongst his notable achievements is a substantial investment in the “Safe Passages” initiative, a program working proactively to eliminate gang-related crime by stopping gang recruitment among at-risk youth. His final year of service as Thousand Oaks Police Chief has been underscored by his intimate work with the Borderline victims’ families and survivors, including the widow of his former partner, Sergeant Ron Helus.
In reflecting on Hagel’s tenure, City Manager Andrew Powers said, “Tim’s commitment to this community is unparalleled. He has been an extraordinarily accessible leader who has worked tirelessly to see that our residents feel connected to their Police Department. Tim cares deeply about Thousand Oaks and has made a positive difference in the lives of our residents, businesses, and his City colleagues.”
Sheriff Bill Ayub described Tim Hagel as a man of exceptional creativity, high energy, and unsurpassed love for the community he served. Ayub commented, “Tim has been an exceptional contributor to the Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement profession throughout his 31 years of service. He was the right man, at the right time, to help lead the community through the aftermath of the tragic Borderline Bar & Grill violence, for which I will always be thankful.”
In commenting on his experience in Thousand Oaks, Hagel said, “Serving the community where I was born and raised has been the privilege of my life. While this has been a trying year for our City, I am proud of the outpouring of support and how our residents and businesses came together during this time of need. I appreciate the Thousand Oaks City Council’s long-standing commitment to high-caliber local law enforcement. I intend to remain active throughout the Conejo Valley providing volunteer services where they are most needed.”
Thousand Oaks contracts for police services with VCSO, who in consultation with the City, appoints a commander to lead the City’s Police Department and work directly with local officials as a member of the City’s executive team. VCSO and the City will announce the appointment of a new Thousand Oaks Police Chief in the coming weeks.