City Appoints Interim Police Chief

As a permanent replacement is found for retiring police chief Cam Sanchez, John Crombach has been named as interim chief, City Administrator Paul Casey announced Tuesday. Crombach was with the Oxnard Police Department for 20 years and became chief there in 2005. More recently he served as the assistant sheriff for Ventura County before retiring in March 2014. “I’m impressed by John’s commitment to build relationships,” said Casey. “He sees residents, businesses, and other agencies as his customers and uses a collaborative approach to work with neighborhoods on public safety needs.” Crombach will take over when Sanchez steps down in February. A permanent appointment is expected to take place in July. Crombach, Casey said, does not intend to apply for the position.