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Yolo County Sheriff's Office

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Undersheriff - Coroner Tom LopezUndersheriff-Coroner Tom Lopez was born and raised in Yolo County. He joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1980 as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, became a full time Deputy in 1984, and transferred to the Sacramento County Marshall’s Office in 1985. He returned to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in 1988 as a Resident Deputy and Field Training Officer in the Esparto – Capay Valley area.

Tom promoted to Sergeant in 1993 and supervised Patrol, Security and Investigations at the jail, Legal Services and Investigations. In 1999, he promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the Administrative Division where he was in charge of Training, Personnel, Civil and Internal Affairs. In June of 2001 Tom promoted to the rank of Captain. He was assigned to the Detention Division for four years, Field Operations Division for eight months, and the Administrative Division for the last year and half. While assigned to the Detention Division, Tom was charged with the care and custody of 452 inmates and was responsible for the supervision of 137 employees. He also oversaw the Office’s Planning and Research Section. As the Field Operations Commander, Tom oversaw the Sheriff’s patrol force. As the Administrative Division Commander, Tom supervised the Personnel Section, Finance Section, and continued to oversee the Department’s Planning and Research Section. On April 28, 2006, Tom was named the “2005 Sworn Manager of the Year” at the Sheriff’s Office annual awards banquet. He was promoted to Undersheriff-Coroner in January 2007.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is active in the community as a Fire Chief of the Madison Fire Protection District. He also serves as a board member on Capay Valley Vision. Undersheriff Lopez resides in western Yolo County.

Captain Larry CecchettiniCaptain Larry Cecchettini began his career with the Sheriff’s Department as a reserve deputy in 1986 and achieved paid full time status in 1988. He worked in Court Services, Patrol and Investigations. While assigned to the Investigations Section, Cecchettini participated in many complex and unusual investigations. In 1997, Cecchettini promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Field Operations Division. He also spent 2 years supervising the Court Security Section and 2 years as Detective Sergeant and Press Information Officer.

Cecchettini promoted the rank of Lieutenant in 2001. Upon promoting, Cecchettini was assigned to the Administrative Division, where he managed Personnel Administration, Legal Services, Internal Affairs, the Department’s Training Section and the Civil Services Section. Cecchettini was later assigned to the Department’s Field Operations Division where he was responsible for managing Patrol, Investigations, Marine Patrol, Community Resources and Animal Control. His collateral duties included Crisis Negotiations Team Commander, Community Services Liaison and Yolo County Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Coordinator.

Cecchettini promoted to Captain in 2005. After a second tour in the Administrative Division, Captain Cecchettini again returned to Field Operations as the Division Commander. In 2007, Captain Cecchettini was assigned as the Department’s Detention Division Commander where, for five years he oversaw all jail and court security operations. Captain Cecchettini returned as the Field Operations Commander in 2011, where he stayed until November of 2014 when he was again assigned as Detention Commander.

Throughout his career, Captain Cecchettini has taken an active role in training others, having served the Department as a training officer and manager. He has been a certified instructor in Defensive Tactics, Riot & Crowd Control, Impact Weapons and Firearms. He has been a trainer for Court Security, Mutual Aid and Report Writing. Captain Cecchettini has authored the Department’s Field Training and Court Services Training programs, as well as the Impact Weapons, Weaponless Defense and Riot Control training programs.  Captain Cecchettini has also taught at the Yuba College Police Academy and has been a private consultant in the Use of Force. In 2011 Captain Cecchettini was qualified as an expert witness in Use of Force by the Yolo County Superior Court.

Captain Cecchettini is a graduate of the 206th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He also holds Advanced, Supervisory and Management certificates from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. During his long career serving the citizens of Yolo County, he has received numerous letters of commendation, seven formal department commendations, including Officer of the Year in 1995 and Manager of the Year on 2009. He has received certificates of recognition from the State Senate, State Legislature and the United States House of Representatives. Captain Cecchettini has been featured on the television series’ New Detectives and Forensic Files.

dale websiteCaptain Dale Johnson began his career with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 as a full-time Deputy, was promoted to Sergeant in 2000, and Lieutenant in 2011.  His promotion to Captain effectively began October 6, 2013. Dale served 6 years in the US Army before beginning his career at the Sheriff’s Office.

In Dale’s 21-year career at the Sheriff’s Office, he worked a wide range of assignments, including; detention, field operations, marine patrol, detectives, Yolo County SWAT, Honor Guard, Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team, and the Yolo County Gang Task Force. His latest position was as the Sheriff’s Administrative Lieutenant.

Over the years, Dale’s dedication and service has been recognized by his supervisors, fellow deputies, and those working under his command with numerous awards and commendations. As a new deputy, Dale received a highly honored Certificate of Commendation for the “1995 Officer of the Year”.  In 1996, he was awarded a “Certificate of Commendation for Dedicated Service” and the following year, an additional Certificate of Commendation for “2007 Sworn Manager of the Year”.  His latest Certificate of Commendation was for the “2010 Sworn Manager of the Year”.  Dale currently resides in Roseville with his wife Stephanie and children.

Lieutenant Carter VaughnLieutenant Carter Vaughn has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1994. As a Deputy Sheriff, Carter worked Court Services, Security and Investigations, Patrol, and Field Training. Carter was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and has worked as a supervisor assigned to Patrol, Court Services, and Transportation. He has also served as the Office’s Range Master and Glock Armorer. In April 2007 Carter was promoted to Lieutenant and is assigned to the Field Operations Division.

Carter has received numerous commendations and awards, including Manager of the year in 2004. Carter has received four Dedicated Service Awards and two Distinguished Service Awards. He received one Distinguished Service Award for assisting in the rescue of two children and their mother, who were stranded in a raft along Putah Creek. The other was for rescuing a suicidal subject from his home after it became filled with carbon monoxide gas.

Carter resides in Woodland with his wife, Paula, of 22 years. Carter has a son who is currently serving his Country in the United States Marine Corps.

Lieutenant Martin TorresLieutenant Martin Torres has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1988. As a Deputy Sheriff, Martin worked Security and Investigations, Court Services, Patrol and Field Training. Martin promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999 and has worked various supervisory assignments including Patrol, Internal Affairs, Civil Process, Field Training Coordinator, Training Manager and Department Range Master. Martin is currently assigned to the Field Operations Division.

Martin has received numerous letters and memorandums of appreciation for on duty and off duty actions including a Memorandum of Appreciation for evacuating an elderly woman from her home during a structure fire while off duty. Martin also received the Dedicated Service Citation from Sheriff Prieto and has received Certificates of Recognition from both the State Senate and State Assembly.

Martin lives in the Yolo County community of Willow Oak with his wife Veronika and their three children.

Lieutenant Lance FailleLieutenant Lance Faille began his career with the Office in 1994. As a deputy, he worked numerous assignments including Detention, Clarksburg Resident Deputy, Detective, Task Force Agent and SWAT.

In both, 1996 and 2005, Lance was selected as Deputy of the Year and in 2006 he was selected as the California Homicide Investigator’s Association’s (CHIA) Investigator of the Year.

Lance was promoted to Sergeant in 2007. In that capacity he supervised Patrol, Investigations, Community Resources and the Civil Section. Lance also had the collateral assignment of Press Information Officer and is currently the Office’s Range Master.

Lance resides in Woodland with his wife and three children. Lieutenant Faille will be assigned to Field Operations.


DSC_0008Lieutenant Louie Pires was born and raised in Yolo County.  He started his career with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 as a Correctional Officer and was hired as a Deputy Sheriff in 1995.  In May of 1998, Louie was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office.  As a Deputy Sheriff he worked several different assignments including Security and Investigations at the jail, Court Services, Patrol and Investigations.

Louie promoted to the rank of Sergeant in November of 2002 and supervised several sections including Patrol, Civil, Court Services, Investigations, and Community Services.  Louie has been in charge of several volunteer organizations within the Sheriff’s Office including S.T.A.R.S, Cadets, Reserves and the Aero Squadron.   During his career he has received several awards including “Certificate of Commendation for Dedicated Service” in 2000 and 2003, and the “2011 Sworn Manager of the Year.” Louie continues to reside in Yolo County with his wife Ting, and their children.

Chief Animal Services Officer Vicky Fletcher Chief Animal Services Officer Vicky Fletcher was born in Salinas, California, and raised in Yolo County. She joined Yolo County under the Agriculture Department as an Animal Control Officer in 1986. The Animal Services Section became a part of the Sheriff’s Office in 1988. In 1990 she was promoted to Supervising Animal Services Officer. In 1991 she was reclassified as Chief Animal Services Officer. In 1998 she was reclassified to Business Services Manager as well as retaining the title of Chief Officer for purposes of enforcing County Code.

Vicky, while working for over 23 years in the field of animal control, has received many honors for her dedication to her work and the County. In 1993 she was named by Yolo County as Outstanding Employee for 1992. That same year she also received Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Year. In 1994 she was named as Employee of the Year for Yolo County as well as the Sheriff’s Office. She has also received numerous commendations.

Vicky, from 2000 to 2006, was a Board Member for the California Animal Control Directors Association; their mission is to provide guidance and direction to animal control agencies throughout the state of California and to provide leadership on animal related legislation. In addition, she is a founding member and board member of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Posse, a non-profit volunteer organization which provides support to the Sheriff’s Office and is dedicated to search and rescue and community outreach. Business Services Manager/Chief Officer Fletcher resides in Woodland with her husband, pets and horses.

Correctional Lieutenant Tina DayCorrectional Lieutenant Tina Day has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1988. As a Correctional Officer, Day worked numerous assignments including training officer and STC Coordinator. Day also participated on the transition team in the opening of the Walter J. Leinberger Memorial Minimum Security Detention Facility.

Day promoted to Correctional Sergeant in 1992. In that capacity she supervised a shift of Correctional Officers on the night shift. In 1996 Day was assigned to the Leinberger Sergeant’s position, overseeing the daily operations of the minimum-security facility as well as the Home Custody/Work Programs Office. In 1997 Day also began supervising the Services Section of the Detention Division.

Day promoted to Correctional Lieutenant in 2001 and was assigned to the Monroe Detention Center. In this assignment Day is in charge of two shifts, Leinberger Center, Sheriff’s Work Program, Monroe Center Kitchen, Services, and the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Day was raised in Woodland and graduated from Woodland Community College with an Associates Degree in Plant Science. Day was Manager of the Year in 2002.

2Correctional Lieutenant Drella L. Hunter began her career with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in November 2000.  As a Correctional Officer, she has worked several assignments including the Monroe and Leinberger Facilities, as well as Court Holding.

In 2002 Drella completed the Correctional Officer’s Core Academy and was selected as a Jail Training officer in 2003.  In 2004, she was selected by her shift sergeant to train as Officer in Charge.

In 2005, Drella was chosen by the Department and flown to Seattle Washington to take a course on Recruiting in Law Enforcement and was promoted to Correctional Sergeant in September of 2006.

As a Correctional Sergeant, Drella worked at the Monroe Detention Facility from 2006 until 2013 when she was selected to oversee the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office Work and Home Custody Programs at the Leinberger Facility, where she was also influential in shaping the County’s Daily Reporting Center.

Drella is the proud wife of retired Officer Darnell Hunter, who worked for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations for 30 years.  She is also the mother of Alice, Kimberly and Brandon.


1Correctional Lieutenant Miguel Castañeda began his career with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in May 1989. As a Correctional Officer, he has worked all aspects of the detention facilities and was promoted to Correctional Sergeant 1996. Correctional Lieutenant Miguel Castañeda formulated the Correctional Emergency Response Team in 2007 and is currently the C.E.R.T. Commander.

In 1993, Miguel was awarded Correctional Officer of the Year and in 2002 and 2009 Miguel was awarded Manager of the Year. Miguel is a retired member of the United States Army Forces.

Chief Deputy Coroner Gina MoyaChief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya began her career with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in December 2000. As a Deputy Coroner, she has worked numerous cases and has received several letters of appreciation from friends and family members whom have suffered the loss of loved ones. Gina has participated in the Every 15 Minutes Program at the local High Schools in Yolo County as well as the series “Informed Choices After Death” for the Yolo Adult Day Health Center.
Gina was born in Concord, New Hampshire. She graduated from Franklin Pierce College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1999 and then graduated in 2000 from the University of New Haven with a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science.
In 2004, Gina was presented with a Certificate of Commendation from the Board of Supervisors for her Outstanding Performance as recognized by the 2003-2004 Grand Jury. She was also selected as the 2009 Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Year.
Gina obtained Diplomat status with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators in 2004 and then became a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IX (DMORT-IX) in 2006 as a Medical Investigator. She was deployed to American Samoa in 2009 for support during the tsunami.

Gina is married to Jo Moya and has a stepdaughter, Nicole White. Gina and Jo currently reside in Roseville.

Sheriff's Chief of Finance Rosario Ruiz-DarkSheriff’s Chief of Finance Rosario Ruiz-Dark was previously with the Sheriff’s Office from 2001 to 2006. She spent three years as the Department of Employment and Social Services’ Chief Financial Officer before returning to the Sheriff’s Office in 2009. Her current assignments include overseeing the Finance Section which is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payables, contracts, payroll, budget building and budget monitoring.

Rosario was elected to the Woodland Joint Unified School District in 2007 and served as the School Board President in 2009. She is active in the Tafoya Elementary School Site Council, Douglass Middle School Parent Teacher Association and the District’s Key Communicators Group.

Rosario was born and raised in Woodland and graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s in Economics and then from California State University Sacramento with a Master’s in Economics. Rosario was the Civilian Manager of the Year in 2004. She also received the Sheriff’s special commendation award in 2003.