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Imperial County Sheriff Celebrates Promotion of Key Staff


The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office recently recognized and promoted a group of exemplary individuals who have demonstrated leadership and dedication to their duties. Under the support of Sheriff Fred Miramontes, these deserving individuals were sworn in for their new positions, marking a significant milestone in their careers.

“It’s very satisfying and rewarding because I’ve been here since Undersheriff for 16 years and I’m the 13th sheriff for Imperial County to serve our community,” Miramontes said. “The personnel promoted today are an essential part of the sheriff’s office as they are part of corrections. They have worked hard to develop themselves to be where they at and will help us navigate through those issues.” 

Joined by their families and co-workers, six individuals received their promotions. They are James Vooris, Correctional Lieutenant; Juan Chavarin; Correctional Captain; Carlos Ramos, Correctional Corporal; Stephanie Sauceda, Scientific Investigation Unit; Ryan Breland, Crime Prevention Coordinator I; and Diane Gastelum, office technician. 

Present at the event were Imperial County Superior Court Judge Chris Plourd and retired Sheriff Raymond Loera. 

Miramontes was sworn in as Imperial County Sheriff last year and is continuing the tradition of supporting the men and women who make the office a vital part of the community.

The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, Corrections Division operates three jail facilities with a combined bed space of 876 beds; housing male and female, sentenced and non-sentenced county and federal within the Imperial County.

Correctional Captain Juan Chavarin reflected on the changes he has seen in his 26 years working in corrections and what is to come. 

“When we started, we just locked the doors. Now we have to provide mental health services, medical ready when they come out, we have IVC classes, High School classes we are a treatment center now and it’s different from when I started,” Chavarin said. “The majority of the guys that come to our facility are members of the community so we need to get them ready to come back to society.” 

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