Administrative Services

The Administrative Services Bureau is the primary support system of the Oxnard Police Department. The bureau has 57 fulltime positions divided among four divisions.

The divisions housed within the bureau are the Records Division which is responsible for maintaining all recorded documents and evidence under the control of the Police Department; the Professional Standards Division which is responsible for hiring, training and internal affairs investigations; the Support Services Division which comprises the business office, information technology and clerical support; and the Communications Division which is responsible for police and fire dispatch and 911 calls.

The Oxnard Police Department is the only agency in Ventura County that has a combined police and fire communications center.

Contact Eric Sonstegard

Eric Sonstegard

Assistant Chief Investigative Services and Administrations Bureaus

Eric S. Sonstegard has been with the Oxnard Police Department since 1996 after spending almost three years with the Los Angeles School District Police Department. During his time in Los Angeles, he worked as a school police officer at Roosevelt High School and Hollenbeck Junior High School in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles. Since coming to Oxnard, he has served as a patrol officer, reserve field training officer, bike team member, and beat coordinator. From 1998 to 2001, Eric worked as a K-9 Handler with his PSD “Argos.” As a team, the two of them won over twenty (20) awards at regional K-9 competitions.

In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as the supervisor of the Oxnard Violent Crimes Task Force (OVCTF), a multi-jurisdictional F.B.I. Safe Streets Task Force that combatted gang violence with the assistance of federal resources. In January of 2006, Eric transferred to the Professional Standards Division where he served as the Department’s Training Sergeant. In November of 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Commander where he managed the Professional Standards Division. In May of 2011, he transferred to the Special Operations Division where he led the Special Enforcement Unit/S.W.A.T. Team, K-9 Unit, Firearms Unit, Defensive Tactics Unit, and Hostage Negotiations Team. In June of 2014, he assumed the role of Investigations Commander where he led six (6) Detective Units, the Crime Analysis Unit, and the C.S.I. Detail. Eric played an instrumental role in the development of the Department’s Cultural Proficiency Program and has served as the lead instructor on the topic to over three-hundred (300) employees.

He holds a B.S. degree in Administration of Justice from California Lutheran University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute Class 211, P.O.S.T. Management Course, and P.O.S.T. Executive Development Course. In the summer of 2011, he attended the 246th session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and has served as a youth counselor at the F.B.I.N.A.A Youth Leadership Program at Quantico. He was born and raised in Ventura County and has three children with his wife, Carrie, who is a kindergarten teacher. He is a board member of the Oxnard/Port Hueneme Salvation Army Corps and is a longtime supporter of the Oxnard P.A.L. program.


Contact Randy Latimer

Randy Latimer

Professional Standards Commander

Oxnard Police Officer Randy Latimer began his career with the Oxnard Police Department in 1984 as a Traffic Cadet. He was hired by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in 1986 where he worked in the Ventura County Jail for two years. He returned to the Oxnard Police Department in 1988. During his career, he has worked various assignments which include Bike Patrol Officer and Instructor, Motor Officer, SWAT, P.A.L Officer, School Resource Officer, Violent Crimes Task Force Detective, Traffic Coordinator, Patrol Sergeant, Special Services Sergeant, Trauma Support Team Sergeant, and Traffic Unit Sergeant. He was promoted to the rank of Police Commander in 2013 and is currently assigned to the Field Services Bureau. Commander Latimer serves as one of four Patrol Watch Commanders and oversees the School Resource Officer program, District-4, the Dive team, and the Police Volunteer program.

Commander Latimer currently serves as a Board Member for the Police Activities League (P.A.L.), and volunteers at local youth sports organizations, schools, church, and civic organizations. In 2001, he received the “Medal of Merit” from the Ventura County Peace Officers Association and the “Presidential Award of Merit” from the California State School Resources Officers Association for his actions during a hostage situation at a local high school. He was nominated for “Officer of the Year” in 2001 and 2002, and was selected as the Knights of Columbus “Officer of the Year” in 2011. As the Traffic Unit Sergeant, he led the Ventura County AVOID the 14 DUI Campaign and ushered in several innovate traffic safety programs.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from the Union Institute and University and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. He is also a graduate of the Ventura County Leadership Academy. He is certified private pilot and enjoys donating his time to educate young aspiring pilots. He is a life-long resident of the City of Oxnard and is married with two children.


Contact Danah Palmer

Danah Palmer

Communications Manager

Danah Palmer has worked for the Oxnard Police/Fire Communications Center since 2005. She began her career at the Eureka Police Department as a Dispatcher and Dispatch Supervisor. She came to Oxnard as the Communications Training Coordinator and was promoted to Communications Manager. She has her B.A. in Journalism from Humboldt State University. She completed the POST Master Instructor Development Program in 2005 and created a Tactical Dispatch Update class for the state. She has taught classes for Public Safety Dispatchers throughout the country including the University of Maryland, the National APCO Conference and the National NENA conference. She has been a recipient of the Chiefs Award of Excellence and was the 2007 CPRA Southern California Supervisor of the Year.


Contact Keith Brooks

Keith Brooks

Information Technology Manager

Keith brings over eighteen years of engineering, scientific research and technology management gathered from working in a broad field including Fortune 500 America, technology startups and his Bachelor of Science degree earned at San Diego State University. As the IT manager, he oversees the day-to-day tasks that include the City's 911 computer systems, in-car computers and the hundreds of other computers, printers and networking equipment found in any large, highly-technical environment. Keith leads his team in focusing on modernizing the department's technology, integrating disparate databases and developing technical solutions that enable citizens, officers and support staff to be safer and more effective members of their community.


Contact Sylvia Paniagua

Sylvia Paniagua

Records Manager

Sylvia Paniagua joined the Oxnard Police Department in May 1982. She was promoted to Administrative Services Supervisor in 1986, overseeing the word processing and detective reception areas. In 1996 she was promoted to Records Manager. Sylvia currently manages the department’s Property and Evidence Unit and Records Unit. Sylvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Northridge. Sylvia is also an active member of Soroptimist International of Oxnard and is currently serving as President of this organization. Sylvia is also a past recipient of the Knights of Columbus Public Safety Night award.


Contact Mary Diamond

Mary Diamond

Police Finance & Grants Manager

Mary began working with the City of Oxnard Finance Department in 2005. In 2008 she promoted to the Oxnard Police Department where she manages the Budget, Grants and the Business Office. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Administration Services Divisions

Communications Division

» 911 Communications Center
» Training Coordinator

Professional Standards Division

» Internal Affairs Unit
» Specials Services Unit
» Training Unit

Support Services Division

» Technology Services Unit
» Financial Services Unit

Records & Property Division

» Property and Evidence Unit
» Records Unit

Policy Manual

» 2013 OPD Policy Manual