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Gregory D. Totten

District Attorney

Elected district attorney in March 2002, Greg Totten assumed office on November 1, 2002. He was re-elected to his fifth term in 2018.

A career prosecutor, Mr. Totten joined the Ventura County District Attorney's Office in August 1982 as a law clerk. In December 1982, he was appointed a deputy district attorney. Since that time, he has held trial assignments in all office divisions. Mr. Totten also served as special assistant to the District Attorney and supervisor of the Juvenile and Felony Divisions. In 1991, Mr. Totten was co-counsel on the successful prosecution of Gregory Scott Smith who abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered an eight-year-old boy. Mr. Smith received the death penalty for this crime. Throughout his career, Mr. Totten has worked to protect public safety and to expand the rights of crime victims.

In November 1993, Mr. Totten was selected as executive director of the California District Attorneys Association. The association provides legislative representation and professional training for California prosecutors. As executive director, he managed the association's training efforts and served as its chief spokesperson for legislative changes designed to better protect the citizens of California. Mr. Totten was also the founding executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of Criminal Justice.

He returned to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office in July 1996 as Chief Deputy District Attorney. His responsibilities included: management oversight of the District Attorney's Office budget, administration, criminal clerical support, child support, welfare fraud and child recovery operations. Mr. Totten became Chief Assistant District Attorney, the number two position in the District Attorney's Office, in January 1999. In that role, he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the office and served as the District Attorney's chief advisor and spokesperson on all significant policy and case decisions.

Mr. Totten earned his bachelor's degree in economics from San Francisco State University in 1977 and his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in May 1982. He was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1982.

Mr. Totten has lectured at state and national prosecutor symposia and published numerous articles on a wide array of criminal justice topics including principle-centered leadership, elder abuse issues, gang strategies, contemporary trial issues, homicide prosecution techniques, asset forfeitures, and victim impact evidence in death penalty cases. He has provided extensive testimony before all major policy and fiscal committees of the California Legislature and numerous special hearings on criminal justice issues. He has served as a legal commentator on numerous local and national network news programs.

Among his professional activities, Mr. Totten serves as vice-president of the National District Attorneys Association; he is a past-president of the California District Attorneys Association and co-chairs the association's Legislation Committee. Mr. Totten also served as president of the Institute for the Advancement of Criminal Justice, and is a co-chair of the CDAA Foundation Council for Criminal Justice Integrity. He also served on the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice. He is a member of the Pepperdine University School of Law Board of Advisors, and other community service organizations.

Mr. Totten and his wife Irene reside in Camarillo, California.

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Michael D. Schwartz

Chief Assistant District Attorney

Michael D. Schwartz is a career prosecutor who was appointed to serve as chief assistant district attorney in July 2018. In this role, he is the second-in-command for the office and chief adviser to District Attorney Greg Totten on all policy, administration, and case-related issues. He also manages the day-to-day operations of the office.

Mr. Schwartz has been part of the District Attorney's Executive Management Team since 2006 and most recently served as the special assistant district attorney. He has extensive experience in appellate law and has argued cases in the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Schwartz received his law degree from UCLA in 1979 and joined our office the same year. He began his career in the Misdemeanor, Juvenile, and Felony Units. He has worked on a number of capital murder cases doing legal research and motions. He served for nine years in the Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit, handling both criminal and civil prosecutions.

During his 12-year tenure as special assistant district attorney, Mr. Schwartz's duties included supervising the Writs, Appeals and Training Unit, supervising the Public Integrity Unit, and serving as the Conviction Integrity Deputy,. He previously managed our Crime Victims' Assistance and Safe Harbor programs.

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Michael K. Frawley
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Administrative Services

Mr. Frawley earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1982. Following graduation, he joined the Holy Cross Associates as a volunteer for one year and worked in Oakland, California, providing legal assistance to the indigent. In 1987, Mr. Frawley earned a law degree from McGeorge School of Law and joined the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. He prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor offenses and completed special assignments in domestic violence. During this time, he also worked as a crisis line counselor at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Center of Ventura County.

Mr. Frawley was next assigned to the Sexual Assault/Career Criminal Prosecution Unit, where he prosecuted career criminals, habitual offenders, child molestation cases, adult sexual assault cases, and felony spousal abuse cases. In 1992, Mr. Frawley became supervisor of the Misdemeanor Unit. The unit typically handles over 25,000 cases a year.

In 1993, Mr. Frawley was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit to prosecute homicides and major offenses. Mr. Frawley has prosecuted numerous murder cases, including six death penalty cases. In 1998, Mr. Frawley was appointed chief deputy district attorney of Special Prosecutions, where he managed prosecutions of juveniles, insurance fraud, welfare fraud, major fraud, environmental, and consumer protection cases. Starting in 2002, Mr. Frawley was chief deputy of Criminal Prosecutions, a division that handles nearly 30,000 cases per year, including sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, robberies, burglaries, and driving under the influence cases. He currently oversees the Sexual Assault/Family Protection Unit, the Misdemeanor Unit, Fiscal/Administrative/Legislative Services, Information Technology, and Legal Support Staff.

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W. Charles Hughes
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Justice Services

Charles Hughes earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from UCLA in 1988 and his juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law in 1991. He was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1991.

In 19 years as a prosecutor, Mr. Hughes has handled a wide variety of cases. Having originally joined the Riverside County District Attorney's Office in 1994, Mr. Hughes prosecuted cases in the following units: General Felony Trials, Drugs, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault / Family Protection, Public Integrity and Homicide.

For five years, Mr. Hughes also taught Trial Practice at the California Southern School of Law. In 2005, Mr. Hughes moved into management at the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. After joining the Ventura County District Attorney's Office in 2011, Mr. Hughes was appointed chief deputy district attorney of Administrative Services in 2012.

He is currently chief deputy district attorney of Justice Services with duties including supervision of Writs, Appeals & Training, supervision of the Public Integrity Unit, serving as the Conviction Integrity Deputy, enforcing the Ralph M. Brown Act (public meeting law), handling peace officer misconduct issues under Brady v. Maryland, and handling special projects.

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Michael R. Jump
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Victim and Community Services

Mr. Jump earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1993, a master's in environmental science and juris doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998. In 1998, Mr. Jump accepted a land & resources attorney position, assisting Alaska Natives with resources planning, management and dispute resolution.

In 2000, Mr. Jump joined the District Attorney's Office as a grant writer, securing tens of millions of dollars in competitive grants for the District Attorney's Office and helping to establish the Safe Harbor multidisciplinary interview centers, which provide trauma-informed forensic medico-legal exams to sexual assault and child abuse victims. In 2003, Mr. Jump was sworn in as a deputy district attorney and served as a trial prosecutor conducting numerous preliminary hearings and numerous misdemeanor, felony, and serious and violent felony trials.

Mr. Jump served as director of the office's Fiscal, Administrative and Legislative Services operations from 2006 to 2015, combining his legal and administrative skills to manage the District Attorney's budgetary, contractual, human resources, personnel, facilities, and legislative matters.

Mr. Jump was appointed chief deputy district attorney of Victim and Community Services in 2015. In this role, Mr. Jump is leading the development of the first-ever Family Justice Center in Ventura County and overseeing the Office's Crime Victim's Assistance Program, the Safe Harbor multidisciplinary interview centers, and Camp HOPE, which collectively provide nearly 20,000 services to crime victims each year. The Family Justice Center will be a multi-agency partnership between local government and community-based organizations integrating services at one location for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, dependent adult abuse and human trafficking.

Mr. Jump currently serves as a board member of the California Crime Victim's Assistance Association, is chair of numerous local committees, and is a member of the Community Corrections Partnership–Ventura County, representing victims' rights and interests.

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Cheryl M. Temple
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Special Prosecutions

Cheryl Temple is a Southern California native, raised in Simi Valley. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1992, with a bachelor's degree in Law and Society with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice. She obtained her juris doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in 1997.

Ms. Temple joined the Ventura County District Attorney's Office in 1997 and spent the early part of her career handling a variety of misdemeanor cases, including driving under the influence, batteries, and petty thefts. In 1998, Ms. Temple was assigned to the Major Crimes Unit and spent ten years prosecuting dozens of defendants for a wide variety of homicide cases. She successfully convicted defendants charged with murders involving sexual assault, domestic violence, and multiple victims obtaining four death penalty sentences and life sentences for all other murder defendants.

Ms. Temple was promoted to supervise the General Felony Unit in 2009 where she managed a staff of 24 attorneys who prosecute theft, narcotics, robbery, burglary, and assault cases. The General Felony Unit handles over 2,000 cases a year and achieves an almost 90 percent conviction rate.

In 2009, Ms. Temple earned her master of law in prosecutorial science from Chapman University School of Law, where her master's thesis focused on death penalty litigation. An abstract of her thesis, Decisions of Death and Jurisprudence, was published in the California Bar Association's Criminal Law Journal.

In 2011, Ms. Temple was appointed to serve as chief deputy district attorney of Special Prosecutions. Cheryl was reappointed to this assignment in 2018 after an extended time away to raise her two children. In this role, she oversees a wide variety of white-collar and fraud-based offenses as well as consumer and environmental protection cases.

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R. Miles Weiss
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Criminal Prosecutions

Miles Weiss joined the office in 1994 after graduating from the University of San Diego School of Law. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989.

As a trial attorney, Mr. Weiss prosecuted a variety of cases, including DUI, general felonies, violent sex crimes and gang crimes. As a senior deputy district attorney, Mr. Weiss has served as supervisor of the Sexual Assault / Family Protection Unit and the Juvenile Prosecution Unit. He has also been assigned to the Major Crimes Unit where he tried several homicide cases.

At the direction of the district attorney in 2005, Mr. Weiss implemented Ventura County's Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Program. This program serves as a statewide model and has received grants totaling more than $2 million to combat real estate fraud on behalf of victims. Mr. Weiss is a founding member of the Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team (REFAT), a non-profit group of industry professionals that collaborates to reduce real estate fraud in their communities.

In 2012, Mr. Weiss was promoted to chief deputy district attorney of Special Prosecutions. In his current position as chief deputy district attorney of Criminal Prosecutions, he directly supervises the Homicide, Gang and Narcotics prosecutors, and oversees the General Trials and Court Operations Units.

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Mike Baray
Chief Investigator
Bureau of Investigations

Chief Mike Baray is a 31-year veteran of law enforcement. Prior to his appointment as District Attorney Chief Investigator in September 2013, he served as Chief of Police of the Murrieta Police Department in Murrieta, California. Chief Baray was with the Murrieta Police Department since its inception in 1992 and was the first police chief appointed from within the department's ranks.

Prior to joining the Murrieta Police Department, he was a detective and police officer with the Long Beach Police Department for ten years.

Chief Baray has more than a decade of law enforcement management experience, having held the rank of captain, lieutenant, and sergeant before becoming chief of police.

Chief Baray also has extensive investigative experience, having been assigned to the Career Criminal Violent Offender Surveillance Unit and the Homicide Bureau in Long Beach, California, where he investigated numerous homicides, gang crimes, and narcotics offenses.

In addition, Chief Baray has investigated crimes against persons, property crimes, officer-involved shooting incidents, and sex offender registration compliance. He was a member of the S.W.A.T. Team in both Long Beach and Murrieta.

Unit
Contact Person
Phone Number
Criminal Prosecutions

Major Crimes Stacy Ratner 805-654-3324

Court Operations Kevin Drescher 805-654-2340

General Trials Tom Dunlevy 805-654-3781

Sexual Assault / Family Protection Brent Nibecker 805-654-5186

Misdemeanors Rachelle Dean 805-654-5175

Special Prosecutions

Workers Compensation Fraud • Auto Insurance Fraud • Major Fraud • Consumer & Environmental Protection • Asset Forfeiture • Code Enforcement • Fish & Game Brian Rafelson 805-662-1750

Child Abduction & Recovery Kathy LaSalle 805-662-1712

Juvenile Rebecca Day 805-981-5861

Consumer Mediation • Small Claims 805-654-3110
805-306-7930

Bureau of Investigation

Criminal Operations Cloyce Conway 805-477-1648

Special Operations Juan Reynoso 805-477-1642

Government Fraud Joey DeLosReyes 805-477-1654

Administrative Services

Fiscal Administrative Services Stuart T. Gardner 805-477-1635

Information Technology Gene Mecagni 805-654-5199

Legal Support Services Linda Vivian 805-654-3005

Justice Services

Writs, Appeals & Training Charles Hughes 805-654-2719

Conviction Integrity Charles Hughes 805-654-2719

Victim & Community Services

Crime Victims' Assistance Rachael Watkins 805-654-3081