Joel is a retired law enforcement professional with more than 35 years of experience in public safety. In 2015, Joel retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after dedicating more than 25 years to investigating homicides as the officer in charge of the Homicide and Sexual Assault Units of the West Valley Area.

During his service on the force, Joel was also one of the first officers assigned to the D.A.R.E. Program and considers one of his career highlights to include having served in the Metropolitan Division during the 1984 Olympic Games where he was assigned to a special squad tasked with protecting athletes during the games. Joel regularly spoke to community groups and high school students interested in a career in law enforcement.

Outside of law enforcement, Joel has taken an active role in serving the Thousand Oaks community in various capacities. In 2007, he was appointed to the Thousand Oaks Traffic and Transportation Commission where he served until being elevated to the Planning Commission in 2011. Then, in March 2012, Joel was appointed to the City Council to fill an immediate vacancy before being elected to public office in November 2014, which he held until 2018.

City Council Leadership

During his service as a council member, Joel served on various committees including:

  • League of California Cities (LCC) Public Safety Policy Committee (in which he served as the president of the Channel Counties Division of the LLC)
  • National League of Cities (NLC) Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee (served as Committee Chair in 2016)
  • Ventura Regional Sanitation District and Ventura Council of Governments
  • Justice Assistance Grant Steering Committee for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
  • Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century for Ventura County
  • Point Mugu Airport Authority/Ventura County Naval Base (as the city’s liaison)

Advocacy and Prominent Votes

For Joel, serving the City doesn’t mean just showing up for the city council meetings. Joel sought out opportunities to advocate for the City’s best interests on the federal and national levels. Some of those efforts included …

  • Spearheading efforts for Thousand Oaks to become a “Host City” for the 2015 Special Olympic World Games
  • Consistently voting to acquire additional open space parcels to increase the ring of open space surrounding or community
  • Voting in favor of allowing medical cannabis facilities to operate within Thousand Oaks
  • Advocating for arts programs within Thousand Oaks and assisting in securing Federal grants for arts projects through advocacy with National Endowment for the Arts
  • Advocating and assisting in obtaining Federal grant funding for sidewalks around Westlake
  • Assisting in securing California Lutheran University as Los Angeles Rams in-season practice facility
  • Working with local legislators in the wake of Borderline shooting to strengthen gun laws and enforcement of Prohibited Possessors list
  • Advocating with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for funding to improve stormwater conveyance in Newbury Park, which would remove hundreds of homes from existing flood plain maps that require residents to have costly flood insurance (ongoing project)

Community Leadership

Joel is committed to seeking out opportunities to better the community and has donated countless hours to organizations such as …

  • Conejo Valley YMCA
  • Our Community House of Hope (hospice home)
  • Thousand Oaks Police Charitable Foundation

Additionally, Joel is the co-founder and chair emeritus of the Nicole Parker Foundation for Children and served as a booster Board Member for the Thousand Oaks High School football team and cheer squad. Joel has also served as chair of the Local Host Committee for the Special Olympics World Summer Games Los Angeles 2015.

Thousand Oaks Roots

Joel and his lovely wife, Jeanine — his high school sweetheart — moved to Thousand Oaks for its beauty, excellent school district, abundance of open space and overall quality of life. Joel is a passionate supporter of local businesses and enjoys the City’s open space and trails in his free time.

Joel and Jeanine have been married for 40 years and have three grown children and one grandchild.

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