Ken Corney began his career with the Ventura, California, Police Department in 1986. He was promoted to sergeant in 1995, commander in January 2000, and assistant chief in December 2003. Corney was appointed as police chief in December 2009 before retiring in 2019. He continued to serve as Ventura’s interim police chief until April 2020.
Chief Corney holds a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Executive Certificate, has a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of California’s POST Command College and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Policing.
Chief Corney served as president of the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) March 2016 to April 2017. During his tenure as president of CPCA, Chief Corney worked closely with the governor’s office, attorney general, state legislators, and state officials on legislation and policies influencing public safety.
Chief Corney served as an appointed member of the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee and the legislatively enacted Impaired Driving Task Force and was part of the 2018 California Office of Emergency Service (CalOES) working group that developed the statewide alert and warning systems recommendations and standards.
Retired Chief Corney now serves as the President of Ken Corney Advisors LLC, providing business development strategic insight for the public safety sector.