Fryhoff named Ojai's new top cop

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Ojai Valley News photo by Bill Warner

Capt. Jim Fryhoff has assumed command of the Ojai Police Department.

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

For Capt. Jim Fryhoff, his duties as Ojai's chief of police are as much a homecoming as a promotion. “It's good to be home again,” he said Feb. 22. “Ojai was my first patrol station. That's something that always makes a strong impression in one's life, so I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to come back here and serve as chief.”

Fryhoff assumed his new post Feb. 11, after former chief Dave Kenney was promoted to commander in the Special Services Division of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO). He returns to Ojai from the department in Thousands Oaks, where he served as assistant chief since 2012.

A native of Pasadena, Fryhoff's career with the VCSO began in 1990 with his assignment as a deputy at the main jail. From there he was assigned to Ojai, where he worked as a patrolman from 1994 to 1998, when he was promoted to senior deputy and went to work at the Honor Farm on Baldwin Road. He stayed there another two years, making for a total of six years of duty in the Ojai Valley.

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