Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown has named a new public information officer.
Raquel Zick will start the new job on October 10.
She started working for Santa Barbara County in 2001 as an intake and release specialist for the Probation Department and has worked for the Sheriff's Office since 2003 as a deputy, dispatcher, administrative office professional and, most recently, as the sheriff's administrative assistant. Zick has also worked on the Sheriff's Media Team for several years.
"Raquel Zick has served as a Probation Department employee and as a sworn law enforcement officer, emergency communications dispatcher and administrative support staff member with our agency. Her unique, blended background makes her an ideal fit for this position," Brown said in a statement released Tuesday. "She is dedicated, conscientious, creative and an excellent communicator. She excels in the field of social media and I know she will continue to do an outstanding job in her new role."
The sheriff's office says Zick is a member of the Carpinteria Rotary Club, a Boy Scouts Assistant Den Leader, Little League Team Mom, and Read Across America volunteer. She also founded the Santa Barbara County Women in Law Enforcement Group.