Sheriff Raymond Loera is the 14th Sheriff of Imperial County, California. He also serves as the County Coroner and Marshall. He assumed Office in January, 2007. Prior to being elected to his present Office, Sheriff Loera served as Chief of Police for the City of El Centro, California, the County seat of Imperial County.
Sheriff Loera is a 34 year law enforcement veteran. He promoted through the ranks of the El Centro Police Department and served in various capacities. He graduated from Central Union High School, in El Centro, Imperial Valley College, San Diego State University. He holds Advanced, Supervisory, Management and Executive Certification from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. He is a graduate of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Supervisory Leadership Institute, California Command College and Executive Development Course, the F.B.I. National Academy and Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminars, in Quantico Virginia.
Enlisted in the U.S. Army August 1970 served with the 82nd Airborne Division until 1973.
Employed by the Imperial County Sheriffs Office as a Deputy Sheriff, 1974-1976.
Employed by the City of Calexico Police Department, 1976-1978.
Employed by the City of El Centro Police Department, 1978-2006. Served in the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain.
Appointed Acting Chief of Police of the El Centro Police Department,1999. Appointed permanent Chief of Police, 2000. Retired in that position in July of 2006.
Elected to the Office of Sheriff for the County of Imperial June 2006. Took Office January 2007.
Attended Imperial Valley College receiving an A.S. in Law Enforcement.
Attended San Diego State University receiving a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration.
Graduate of Class #8 of P.O.S.T. Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Graduate of Class #174 F.B.I. National Academy
Graduate of F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development course
Graduate of Class # 24 California P.O.S.T. Command College
Graduate of California P.O.S.T. Executive Development Course
Sitting member of the Board of Directors:
- Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter since 2009
- San Diego State University/IV Campus Foundation since 2008
- Imperial Valley College Foundation since 2008
Member of the California State Sheriff’s Association since 2007.
Member of the Southwestern Border Sheriff’s Coalition since 2007.