Chief Deputy Matthew Jimenez

Chief Jimenez

Chief Deputy Matthew Jimenez began his law enforcement career in 1993 as a Deputy Sheriff with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. As a Deputy Sheriff, he served his community in assignments at both the Indio and Blythe Jails as well as gaining extensive patrol experience at the Colorado River Station and the Indio Station.  Recognized for his field and patrol experience, he was appointed to the La Quinta Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team.  While serving in his assignment with the Special Enforcement Team, he was promoted to the rank of Investigator within Indio Station.

In 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and continued to serve within the Indio Station where he supervised patrol operations in the unincorporated county area and the contract cities of Coachella and La Quinta.  In 2004 he was assigned to supervise the La Quinta Police Department Special Enforcement Team.  He carried out this assignment until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2007.

As a Sheriff’s Lieutenant, Chief Deputy Jimenez held a variety of assignments throughout the Coachella Valley which included a three-year assignment as the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Indian Wells and a two-year assignment as the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of La Quinta.  In 2015, Chief Deputy Jimenez was promoted to the rank of Captain.  During his tenure as Captain, Chief Deputy Jimenez held command assignments at the Colorado River Station and Sheriff’s Court Services.

Chief Deputy Jimenez is a recipient of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Medal of Valor, the Department’s highest award recognizing conspicuous heroism under exigent or life-threatening conditions and acts of bravery while facing imminent danger.  He also proudly served his country during the Persian Gulf War as a M1A1 main battle tank crew member with the United States Marine Corps.  Chief Deputy Jimenez is a graduate of the 2007 Sherman Block Leadership Institute (SLI) and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from the University of Southern Illinois Carbondale.

Chief Deputy Jimenez is married and has two children.  He and his family are long term residents of the Coachella Valley.

On January 17, 2019, Chief Deputy Jimenez was appointed by Sheriff Chad Bianco to his current rank.