Juan Viramontes took on the position of AOCDS President in March, 2020, amidst the coronavirus pandemic. He has been a proud and active member of AOCDS since 1998 and a member of the AOCDS Board of Directors since 2012. Most recently, he served as the board’s 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President prior to that. Juan’s leadership experience also involves being an AOCDS Area Representative, Political Action Committee member and a member of the AOCDS Negotiations Team. In addition, he is a California Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) trustee.
As an AOCDS board member, Juan has had the opportunity to work closely with all the units we represent – the sheriff’s department, District Attorney’s office, probation department and parks. He has learned firsthand about the issues affecting our members and has dealt with them directly.
Juan’s immense and varied experience in his many years with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and as an AOCDS board member has given him the insight and knowledge to lead our members and advocate for their maximum protection. He worked in our jails, as a sergeant at the Intake/Release Center (IRC) and as a deputy at the Theo Lacy Facility. He has worked patrol in Stanton, in North Operations and on the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) right-of-way team. He has also been assigned to both Harbor Court and West Court.
Juan began his career with the sheriff’s department in 1995 as a Sheriff’s Special Officer (SSO). He decided to become a peace officer when he was a child after having a positive experience with a police officer responding to a burglary at his home. Seeing the way the officer comforted him and his brothers had a lasting impact on him. Juan decided that he would love to be able to help people when he grew up just like that officer did.
Juan truly understands the challenges peace officers face each and every day and looks forward to tackling them head-on with great vigor and transparency. He wants to make sure the rank-and-file are well informed and trust what we’re doing.
Juan believes it is a privilege to serve in the role of AOCDS President and is deeply honored to be representing our members. He looks forward to using his experience and training to continue to move AOCDS forward. The safety and well-being of our membership remain his top priorities.
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