Former HPD Chief Brown to serve as Menifee’s Interim Director of Public Safety

MENIFEE — Menifee City Manager Armando Villa last week announced an addition to his executive team of former Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown to serve as Menifee’s Interim Director of Public Safety.


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Former Hemet Police chief Dave Brown has been selected as City of Menifee’s Interim Director of Public Safety.

“This is a big step towards the establishment of the City of Menifee Police Department,” said City Manager Armando Villa. “Dave’s primary focus will be laying the groundwork for the new department and starting the procurement process for the necessary equipment and infrastructure needs of the new department, which will help keep the City moving forward while we search for the City’s first Police Chief.”

Dave Brown is a well-respected and seasoned police executive having served in California Law Enforcement for nearly 30 years. Brown has broad experience in establishing innovative policing programs and policies,and is a strong advocate for comprehensive community policing.

Brown served two terms as the President of the Riverside County Police Chiefs’ Association,and chaired the Inland Empire SWAT Commanders Association for many years. He served at the State level on the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Regional Policing Task Force, as well as the CA Police Chiefs’ Municipal Policing Work group. Dave and his wife, Carol, have been Menifee residents forover27 years, and have three adult children.

The City of Menifee will begin a nationwide search for its first Chief of Police in the coming days. The goal is to have the new Police Chief on board in April 2019. Brown has indicated that he will not seek the permanent Police Chief position. “I am just thrilled to be a part of this exciting and groundbreaking venture,and look forward toworking alongside Menifee’s leadership team to make this process as smooth as possible,” Brown said.

For more information, please contact City Manager Armando Villa at (951) 672-6777or email, or Dave Brown, Interim Director of Public Safety at

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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