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Yolo County Sheriff's Office

Honored to Serve

Command Staff

Undersheriff-Coroner Dale Johnson joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1992 after serving six years in the United States Army. During his law enforcement career, he has held a variety of assignments.

As a Deputy, Undersheriff Johnson was assigned to the Detention Division and Field Operations Division. He was a Field Training Officer and assigned to the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team. He served on the Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team. In 2000, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked in Marine Patrol, Investigations, Yolo County Gang Task Force and S.W.A.T. (Team Leader).

In 2011, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Administration. As the Administrative Division Commander he was in charge of Personnel, Civil, Professional Standards, Training, and S.W.A.T. (Tactical Commander). Undersheriff Johnson was promoted to Captain in 2013 and assigned to Field Operations; which includes, Patrol, Investigations, Coroner and Special Investigations. In February 2019, he was re-assigned to Detention as the Division Commander prior to his promotion as Undersheriff-Coroner.

Dale was selected the “1995 Deputy of the Year” and “2007 / 2010 Sworn Manager of the Year” by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office. He has received numerous commendations including three from former United States Senator Barbara Boxer.


Captain Lance Faille began his career with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff in September 1994.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2007 and then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2013.

In Lance’s 24-year career with the Sheriff’s Office, he has worked numerous assignments including: Detention, Field Operations, Investigations, YONET, SWAT and served as Resident Deputy of Clarksburg.

Over the years, Captain Faille has received many letters of appreciation from members of the community as well as members of other law enforcement agencies for his dedication and service.

Lance was named the 1996 Deputy of the Year, and then again in 2005.  In 2006, he was chosen by the California Homicide Investigator’s Association as their Investigator of the Year and was the American Legion’s 34th Annual Law Enforcement Officer of the Year recipient.  He has also received several Certificates of Commendation for his Dedicated Service and four “10851” awards.

Lance currently resides in Woodland with his wife, retired Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Captain Robin Faille and their daughter Brooke.   He is also the proud father to Kurtis and Jordan.


Captain Hernan Oviedo began his career with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff Reserve in 1997 and became a full-time Deputy Sheriff in June of 1998.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2011 and Lieutenant in 2015.

During Hernan’s 21 year career at the Sheriff’s Office he has worked numerous assignments in the Detention and Field Operations Divisions including time in Investigations, the FBI Safe Streets Team, the Yolo County Gang Task Force and the Off-Highway Vehicle Team.  Hernan served as a member of the SWAT Team for 15 years and now serves as the SWAT Commander.

Over the years, Hernan has received many letters of appreciation from members of the community as well as members of other law enforcement agencies for his dedication and service.  In 2005, he was part of the Investigations section that was named “Team of the Year” and he received a Certificate of Commendation for Distinguished Service in 2006.  In 2010, Hernan was selected by his peers and named the 2010 “Deputy of the Year.”


pires_louis221Captain Louis 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, Louis 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.

Louis promoted to the rank of Sergeant in November of 2002 and supervised several sections including Patrol, Civil, Court Services, Investigations, and Community Services. Following another promotion in 2015, Lieutenant Pires served in the Administration and Field Operations Divisions. 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.”

Louis continues to reside in Yolo County with his wife Ting, and their children.


Lieutenant Ray Jimenez started his law enforcement career in the City of Winters where he worked for 6 years and was promoted to Corporal.  He came to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff in August of 2004.

During his 10+ years with the YCSO, Lt. Jimenez has worked in numerous assignments such as Court Services, Civil Section Deputy, and as a Detective in Investigations.

In January 2009, he tested for and was selected to promote to the rank of Sergeant. As a Sergeant, Ray was assigned to Field Operations, the Yolo County Gang Task Force and the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team.   During his assignment in Field Operations, he led the Crisis Negotiation Team and was the Community Resource Sergeant.

In December 2011, Lieutenant Jimenez was presented with a Sheriff’s Special Commendation for consistently demonstrating the Sheriff’s motto of “Service Without Limitations.”


Lieutenant Matt Davis earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento before beginning his tenure with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in May of 2004.  As a Deputy, he worked numerous assignments including Resident Deputy, Capay Augmented Patrol, Honor Guard, and Field Training Officer.  In 2006, Matt was selected by his peers and named “Deputy of the Year.”

Matt promoted to the rank of Sergeant in July of 2013.  As a Sergeant, he was assigned to the Field Operations, Detention, and Administration Divisions.  In 2015, Matt was recognized as “Sworn Manager of the Year..”

Matt has served as the Team Leader for both the Crisis Negotiation Team and the Honor Guard and is the Sheriff Office’s Public Information Officer.  Most recently Matt has been assigned to the Professional Standards Unit.


Lieutenant Kurt Zeiler began his career with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in August of 1994. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2005.

In Kurt’s 24 year career at the Sheriff’s Office he has worked numerous assignments including Detention, Canine Handler, Resident Deputy and Field Training Officer. He was also a member of the “Cops for Kids” program. As a Sergeant he supervised numerous sections and units including Patrol, Courts, Civil, Marine Patrol, the Off-Highway Vehicle Team and Investigations.

Over the years, Kurt has received many letters of appreciation from members of the community and numerous community groups including an award for BUI’s in 2013 from M.A.D.D. In 2004, Kurt was selected for the “Deputy of the Year” award by his peers and his Investigations section was named “Team of the Year” in 2018.


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 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.


hunter_drella130Correctional 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.


Correctional Lieutenant Robin Malugani began her career with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in October 1988. As a Correctional Officer, she has worked all aspects of the detention facilities including Jail Training Officer and STC Coordinator.  Robin was promoted to Correctional Sergeant in September 2006.

Correctional Lieutenant Malugani’s many accomplishments include developing and implementing a new visiting by appointment procedure at the Leinberger Facility, ADSEG Review Log, employee sick leave tracking tool, and color coded electronic monitoring information summary face sheet.  She was instrumental in implementing the Transitional Housing program and modernizing and updating the Jail Training Program.  Robin also initiated the new inmate telephone system and Lexipol Policy and Procedure transitions.

In 1995, Robin was awarded Correctional Officer of the Year and has also received two Certificates of Commendation for Dedicated Service in 2005 and 2013.

Robin is married to Tom and is the proud mother of 3 sons, Anthony (wife Rae), Russell (fiancée Katelynn), and Spencer.  She also has 3 grandchildren, Mason, Evie and Carmella.


Chief 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 Mirthala Santizo joined the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in May of 2019 after moving to Sacramento from San Francisco in the summer of 2018.  She previously worked at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for about 8.5 years managing and leading budget creation, financial analysis and forecasting, strategic staff modeling, policy creation, program evaluation, and recruitment and administrative functions.  Prior to BART, Mirthala worked at the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for almost four years where she conducted fiscal and policy analysis on legislation and City department budgets.  She has also conducted program evaluation consulting work from 2008 through 2013 and worked in various health and social services programs in the public sector since 2002.

Mirthala graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations in 2001 and then graduated in 2007 from San Francisco State University with a Master in Public Administration.

Mirthala currently lives in Sacramento with her husband, Shawn.


Sheriff’s  Records  Manager Leisa Alexander started with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2002 as a Sheriff’s Records Clerk I. She spent her first seven years with the Office assigned to the Court Services desk working as the liaison between the Detention Division and Court Services.

Throughout her years with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office she has received many Certificates of Commendation. In March of 2006, Leisa was nominated and selected as the Detention Division Employee of the Month.

In 2010, she was promoted to Corrections Records Shift Supervisor. During her seven years as a Supervisor she assisted the Records Manager with many state and federal mandated policies and procedures.

In 2017, Leisa was promoted to Sheriff’s Records Manager. She is looking forward too many more years of working with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office and working beside great people.

Leisa is the proud mother of two daughters, Kendra and Keisha, and grandmother to Ja’Miah and Jermaine.