City Welcomes New Traffic Unit Motors Deputy

The City of Goleta is pleased to welcome a new addition to the Goleta Police Department. Deputy Derek Taylor was born and raised in the Good Land and is a graduate of Dos Pueblos High School. He started his new assignment on November 15, 2021.

Deputy Taylor said, “I am invested in this community and am ecstatic to be a part of the Goleta Motors Unit team. I can’t think of a better place to take this next step in my law enforcement career.”

Goleta City Manager Michelle Greene said, “I am very impressed by Deputy Taylor’s knowledge and understanding of the Goleta community, as well as his interest in traffic, pedestrian and bike safety. Deputy Taylor understands how important proactive education is in promoting traffic safety and is motivated to make difference in the community where he grew up.”

Deputy Taylor has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2016. He was previously assigned to the Santa Maria sub-station and Central Valley sub-station. Deputy Taylor also served as the liaison deputy between the Chumash Reservation Community and the Sheriff’s Office.

The City of Goleta wishes Deputy Taylor a great chapter ahead in his new assignment.

We also want to take this opportunity to thank Deputy Rockwell Ellis for his three years of service to the City on the Goleta Motors Unit and for his quick actions (along with fellow Deputy David Ashley) on November 9th to rescue a woman from an apartment fire in Old Town. Best of luck to Deputy Ellis on your new assignment working in the Coastal Patrol Bureau which serves the areas of Montecito, Carpinteria and Summerland.