Riverside, CA – Sheriff Stan Sniff appointed Captain Jeff Kubel to the rank of Chief Deputy this morning, July 12, 2017, in Riverside. Chief Deputy Jeff Kubel will oversee the Court Services Division, Coroner’s Bureau, Ben Clark Training Center and the Personnel Bureau. He replaces an existing vacancy created by the recent retirement of former Chief Deputy Shelley Kennedy-Smith.
Chief Deputy Kubel has approximately twenty-seven years of full-time law enforcement experience. Chief Deputy Kubel joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in July of 1990. In December 1990, he graduated from the 116th Basic Peace Officers Academy and began his first assignment as a Deputy Sheriff at the Robert Presley Detention Center (RPDC). In 1993, he transferred to the newly constructed Southwest Detention Center (SWDC) as a member of the new jail transition team. In 1994, he transferred to the Southwest Station where he worked patrol in the contract city of Temecula. While in Temecula, he was also on the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Team and worked as a School Resource Officer (SRO). In 2001, he was promoted to Senior Deputy within the Southwest Station.
Chief Deputy Kubel was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and returned to RPDC. In 2005, he returned to the Southwest Station as a patrol supervisor. In 2006, he was transferred to the Planning & Research Unit and participated in the planning, design and oversight of the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility (SCF) expansion, Perris Station, Thermal Station and Mecca sub-station building projects.
Chief Deputy Kubel was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007 and returned to the Southwest Station where his responsibilities included Patrol Operations, the Temecula Police Department’s Traffic Unit, the Investigations Unit, and School Resource Officers. In 2009, he was transferred to Court Services where he oversaw court security and the service and enforcement of civil process in Southwest Riverside County. In 2011, he was transferred to the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) where his responsibilities included both the Administrative Services and Administrative Investigations Units (Internal Affairs).
Chief Deputy Kubel was promoted to Captain by Sheriff Stan Sniff in 2012 and assigned to the Court Services Division. As commander of the Court Services Division, he was responsible for the security of all court facilities within the county, as well as, the execution of orders issued by the court, and the services and enforcement of civil process. In 2013, he was transferred to the Southwest Sheriff’s Station to serve as the commander and as chief of police for the city of Temecula.
Chief Deputy Kubel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Leadership & Administration from California Baptist University. He is also a 2005 graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute (SLI). He is married, has four children and four grandchildren. He has been a resident of Riverside County since 1985.