As we enter a new year and a new decade, I want to thank three individuals for a decade plus of service to our community and wish them the very best in the new year and beyond.
Commander Tim Hagel, who currently serves as the Thousand Oaks Police Chief, will retire from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VSCO) in January 2020. Hagel has worked for VCSO since 1988 and has served in his current post for the past six years.
Amongst his notable achievements is a substantial investment in the "Safe Passages" initiative, a program working proactively to eliminate gang-related crime by stopping gang recruitment among at-risk youth. His final year of service as Thousand Oaks Police Chief has been underscored by his intimate work with the Borderline victims' families and survivors, including the widow of his former partner, Sergeant Ron Helus. Chief Hagel will continue to serve the community, dedicating his time to continue the progress of "Safe Passages." Captain James (Jim) Fryhoff has been selected as next Thousand Oaks Chief of Police.
After 11 years, Jill Lederer is retiring as CEO of the Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce. "I love this Chamber and our team so much and am incredibly grateful to be retiring (to our home in coastal N. Carolina) with the Chamber at its strongest," said Lederer. Her successor is a familiar face to many: Danielle Borja, the Chamber's Senior Director of Marketing & Events, who has been with the Chamber for over 7 years will be the new President/CEO.
After leading California Lutheran University through more than a decade of growth and success, President Chris Kimball has decided to step down at the end of the academic year. "After 12 years as president, I think it is time for a change and for someone with a fresh perspective to lead Cal Lutheran into its very bright future. And, after nearly 20 years in university leadership positions, I look forward to the opportunity to return to teaching, as I had always planned, and to spend time on writing projects, some long overdue," he said.
Kimball became Cal Lutheran's seventh president in 2008 after two years as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Under his leadership, the university has opened several new facilities, added many new programs and expanded student research opportunities.
Tim, Jill and Chris – I thank you for your service! HUGS!!