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Sheriff Stan Sniff appointed Chief Deputy Raymond Gregory to the rank of Assistant Sheriff this morning, August 25, 2014. He will be responsible for oversight of the Sheriff’s Department’s Administration, Corrections, Courts, and Coroners Divisions. Assistant Sheriff Gregory fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Bill Di Yorio to the rank of Undersheriff earlier this month.
Assistant Sheriff Gregory is a 22-year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He began his law enforcement career at the Blythe Station where he worked both in the jail and on patrol. He was later assigned to serve in Court Services at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.
Promoted to Investigator, he transferred to the Sheriff’s Administrative Investigations Bureau where he conducted internal affairs investigations.
He was promoted to Sergeant and worked as a supervisor at the Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, then as a patrol watch commander and supervisor of the Forensic Services Bureau at the Indio Station.
In 2007, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as the assistant police chief for the City of La Quinta. He was promoted to captain by Sheriff Sniff in 2009 and assigned as commander of the Indio Jail. In 2010, he returned to command the Indio Station. In that assignment he also served as police chief for the Coachella and La Quinta Police Departments.
In February 2012, he was appointed to Chief Deputy by Sheriff Stan Sniff and has overseen the Department’s Corrections Support and Planning Divisions, including implementing some of the Department’s early responses to the crisis brought on by AB 109 Public Safety Realignment, as well as the Administrative Division which has oversight of Administration, Training, and Support Services.
Assistant Sheriff Gregory is a resident of the Coachella Valley and earned a B.A. degree from the California State University, San Bernardino/Palm Desert Campus. He also holds an M.A. degree from the University of Redlands. Chief Deputy Gregory and his husband, Eric Ornelas, have two sons and one grandson.