Cecil W. Rhambo Jr. has been appointed Chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department effective April 6.
Sheriff Lee Baca promoted the 27-year veteran, who assumed command of Field Operations Region II.
Rhambo replaced Chief Ronnie Williams who retired on March 26.
In his new position, Rhambo oversees the operations of the West Hollywood, Marina Del Rey, Lennox, Compton, Carson, Century, and Lomita Stations, as well as the community college Bureau, Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Program (CLAPP), Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau, and Operation Safe Streets Bureau.
Rhambo has extensive experience working in the Carson and Marina Del Rey Stations, the Men’s Central Jail, Biscailuz Center Jail, and Narcotics Bureau.
Rhambo was promoted to Sergeant in 1989 and to Lieutenant in 1996. He received a promotion to captain in February 2001, where he was assigned to command the Compton Station and then the COPS Bureau. While assigned to the Compton station, he oversaw Crisis Negotiations, Countywide COPS, County Parking Enforcement, VIDA, the Mental Evaluation Team, the North Regional Surveillance and Apprehension Team (NORSAT), and the Community Impact Team.
In April 2005, Chief Rhambo was promoted to Commander and assigned to Field Operations Region 1, where he oversaw Budget, Personnel, and the Lancaster and Palmdale Stations.
He grew up in Compton and attended Washington High School, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Humboldt State University and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. Rhambo said that growing up in Compton will lend him expertise in his new position. “I think I’ll bring knowledge to the community since I have roots here. The people in this community are my family members and my neighbors. I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for Compton and I will look forward to being responsible for the city I grew up in.”