AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Sheriff’s Cmdr. Marty Rouse praised Matson for his experience in managing patrol operations and developing and implementing community outreach programs. “He’s kind, approachable and truly cares about the law enforcement mission,” said Rouse, who oversees the Moorpark station. “His real strength is forging partnerships.” Most recently, Matson, who will make about $118,000 a year in his new position, was the captain for East County Patrol Services, where he supervised 61 deputies and 10 sergeants. “He has some big shoes to fill,” City Councilman Clint Harper said. “We’re going to miss Dick Diaz tremendously … He walks on water as far as everyone in Moorpark is concerned.” The appointment comes two months after the city opened the $11 million Police Services Center, which houses both sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers. MOORPARK – A longtime sheriff’s officer with a commitment to community policing has been named Moorpark’s next police chief and will return to the city he used to patrol. Capt. Jeff Matson, who has 23 years’ service with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, assumes control of the station on Spring Road on March 26. He succeeds Capt. Dick Diaz, who is retiring after a 36-year law enforcement career. “It’s almost like coming home,” said Matson, 53, of Simi Valley, who once worked as a patrol officer in Moorpark. “It’s a dream job.” Matson will oversee 40 officers, half of whom are responsible for the 36,000-resident city – one of the safest in the county. The city contracts for its police services with the Sheriff’s Department. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!