Sheriff, Undersheriff Leaving Ventura County

Ventura County will soon have a new sheriff in town. After 40 years with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Geoff Dean has decided to retire.

“After much heartfelt thought, introspection and family deliberation, I have decided not to seek reelection as your sheriff. It was not an easy decision—I love my job, the people I work with and the community I serve,” said Dean

Normally, the county’s undersheriff might be next in line. But in his statement, Dean announced that his right-hand man Gary Pentis, a 39-year department veteran, was also leaving in the fall.

Dean has served as Ventura County’s sheriff since 2011. He suffered a heart attack in 2013 and retirement is something he said he’s been considering for a while.