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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 fourth term in 2014.

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 has served as 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 National District Attorneys Association Board of Directors, the Pepperdine University School of Law Board of Visitors, and other community service organizations.

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

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Janice L. Maurizi

Chief Assistant District Attorney

Janice L. Maurizi is a career prosecutor who was appointed to serve as chief assistant district attorney in April 2013. In this role, she is the second-in-command for the office and is the chief adviser to District Attorney Greg Totten.

Ms. Maurizi served 28 years in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office before joining the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. During her tenure in the largest prosecutor's office in the country, Ms. Maurizi tried many high profile cases, special circumstance murders, crimes against women and children, and other violent offenses.

As a director in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, she managed the Bureau of Branch and Area Operations, supervising more than 300 deputy district attorneys and support staff in 30 separate courthouses located throughout Los Angeles County.

More recently, she served as the Director of the Bureau of Fraud and Corruption Prosecution that involved oversight of 115 prosecutors in highly specialized prosecution units, including but not limited to public integrity, justice system integrity, high technology crimes, organized crime, hate crime, consumer and environmental protection, major fraud, and real estate fraud.

Ms. Maurizi has received recognition for her work from organizations, including the California District Attorney Investigator's Association, the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Ms. Maurizi is a graduate of Whittier Law School.

Michael K. Frawley
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Criminal Prosecutions

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. Since 2002, Mr. Frawley has been 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. Additionally, as chief deputy of Criminal Prosecutions, Mr. Frawley directly supervises homicide prosecutors and manages more than 60 attorneys, 5 paralegals and numerous volunteers.

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W. Chuck Hughes
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Administrative Services

Chuck 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.

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Michael D. Schwartz
Special Assistant District Attorney
Justice Services

Michael Schwartz received his law degree from UCLA in 1979 and joined the Ventura County District Attorney's Office the same year. He began his career prosecuting a variety of misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile cases. In 1988, Mr. Schwartz was appointed senior deputy district attorney. He has worked on a number of capital murder cases doing legal research and motions. He served nine years in the District Attorney's Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit, handling both criminal and civil prosecutions.

Mr. Schwartz has extensive experience in appellate law and has argued cases in the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has supervised the Writs, Appeals and Training Unit since 2001. In 2006, he was appointed special assistant district attorney. His duties include managing the Crime Victims' Assistance Unit and the Safe Harbor multi-disciplinary interview centers, supervising the Public Integrity Unit, enforcing the Ralph M. Brown Act (public meeting law), handling peace officer misconduct issues under Brady v. Maryland, and handling special projects. He also serves as the office's Conviction Integrity Deputy.

Mr. Schwartz is a three-time recipient of the District Attorney's Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year award.

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R. Miles Weiss
Chief Deputy District Attorney
Special 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 where he manages the dedicated attorneys and professional staff who serve in a variety of prosecution 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 Rameen Minoui 805-654-3067

Court Operations Kevin Drescher 805-654-2340

General Trials Rachelle Dean 805-654-5175

Sexual Assault / Family Protection Audry Nafziger 805-654-2288

Misdemeanors Brent Nibecker 805-654-5186

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 Stacy Ratner 805-981-5861

Consumer Mediation • Small Claims Robin Estes 805-654-5054

Bureau of Investigation

Criminal Operations Ken Valentini 805-477-1650

Special Operations Ken Valentini 805-477-1650

Government Fraud Sean Conroy 805-477-1632

Administrative Services

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

Information Technology Gene Mecagni 805-654-5199

Legal Support Services Ann Phelps 805-654-3005

Justice Services

Writs, Appeals & Training Michael D. Schwartz 805-654-2719

Crime Victims' Assistance Rachael Watkins 805-654-3081