It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart to report that we, as an association, have lost one of our founding members, John McGill.  John passed away on April 17th, 2022, Easter Sunday.

John began his career with the Sheriff’s Office assigned to the now shuttered, Branch Jail Honor Form (BJHF) and was later transferred to the Todd Road Jail upon its closing. Within the division, John had worked in varying capacities and was known as the consummate professional. His honor, dignity and respect for others, including the inmate population, was unmatched. Peers remember John for his quick wit, great sense of humor and strong work ethic. No one ever spoke ill of John. He was a devoted family man, and John looked forward to his retirement years with his grandchildren.

Along with Lou Preiczer, John worked tirelessly to decertify our classification from SEIU and establish our association. The amount of time and effort to launch the association was unfathomable. John and Lou would often have to travel to Los Angeles to complete the formalization of the association, all while still keeping a full work schedule. After retirement, John would often stop by and help out with issues affecting the association. His past knowledge was invaluable. We will forever be indebted to John for all his efforts.

Rest in Peace John, you will be deeply missed.


It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of another beloved co-worker, Oliver Laguna.

Oliver passed away February 3, 2022 after spending his final days in the hospital. Oliver was a cheerful and energetic person who always had a kind word for everyone. Oliver would often lead the conversation on all his adventures at work. He truly loved his job and was non-stop in his commitment to become a better co-worker and team player. Oliver would always be the first to volunteer whenever the need arose, and would always lend a helping hand to those who asked.

Oliver will be greatly missed by everyone at the Sheriff’s Office.


It is with sadness that we announce that Jaime Barrera passed away on December 10, 2021. Jaime was a dedicated member of the Ventura Co. Sheriff’s Department and his community.

He was well liked by his co-workers and loved to tell jokes and stories.  Jaime leaves behind his wife Mary of 21 years, three children and grandchildren. Jaime enjoyed fishing in the Eastern Sierra’s and spending time with grandchildren.  His love for his State of Texas and Tejano music will not be forgotten.

He will be missed greatly by his family and the entire Sheriff’s Office.