RIVERSIDE – Sheriff Stan Sniff promoted Lt. Greg Fellows to the rank of captain this morning, Sept. 8, in Riverside. Fellows will command the Perris Station, where he will be responsible for police services in a vast county area and three separate contract cities. In this capacity, Fellows will serve as the chief of police for the cities of Perris, Menifee and Canyon Lake. Fellows is replacing Brandon Ford who was recently promoted to chief deputy.
The city contract partners have expressed their appreciation and support for Fellows’ promotion and return to the Perris Station.
“I am excited to hear that Lieutenant Fellows has been promoted to captain and assigned commander of the Perris Station,” Perris City Manager Richard Belmudez said. “He is well versed in the operations of the station and already well respected by the Perris Valley community. I look forward to working with him directly in the future.”
Fellows is a 27-year veteran of law enforcement; he spent 22 of those years with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Fellows made a lateral hire to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in February 1996, and he was assigned to Court Services-West. He was transferred to the Jurupa Valley Station December 1998, where he worked patrol as a field training officer. Later, he was assigned to Norco to investigate crimes against persons and property.
Fellows was promoted to investigator in October 2002, and he was assigned to the special investigations bureau-computer and high-tech crime task force. In this capacity, he investigated crimes committed by way of digital media and the internet. In addition, he received certification in the area of computer forensic examinations and was elevated to the position of senior investigator. During this period of his career, Fellows created curriculum and taught at the Ben Clark Training Center on the topics of identity theft, computer crime and high-tech crime search warrants.
Fellows was promoted to sergeant in March 2010, and he was transferred to the Robert Presley Detention Center. He was assigned to floor operations and later the gang investigations unit. While assigned to the gang investigations unit, he oversaw investigations related to gang violence and issues related to the safety and security of the jail.
Fellows was transferred to the Moreno Valley Station and assigned to patrol operations, the traffic unit and conducted station-level personnel investigations in August 2012. Fellows was transferred in September 2014 to the Professional Standards Bureau. While at the Professional Standards Bureau, he was assigned to the administrative services unit to manage the collection of information in support of liability assessment, civil defense preparation, and to prepare responses to California Public Records Act requests.
Fellows was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in May 2015 and was assigned to the Perris Station. While at the Perris Station, he supervised the investigations bureau, the Perris and Menifee Special Enforcement Teams, the Homeless Outreach Team liaisons and served as the functional assistant chief of police to the city of Menifee. As the functional assistant chief of police, Fellows was responsible for developing and managing a $12 million police services budget, developing crime prevention programs, and supervising a robust volunteer organization. Fellows also served as the chairman of a Riverside County Gang Task Force Regional team.
“We are pleased and proud to have Capt. Fellows return to Menifee as our new chief of police,” Menifee Interim City Manager Ron Bradley said. “The Menifee City Council is delighted to have a seasoned police chief with the talent and ability Capt. Fellows has displayed throughout his law enforcement career.”
Fellows was assigned to the Hemet Station June 2017 to supervise patrol operations, the investigations bureau and the school resource officer program. He also managed search and rescue operations conducted in conjunction with the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, CAL-Fire and the Department of Forestry.
“Capt. Fellows’ varied law enforcement and leadership experience will be a great asset to the Perris Station,” Canyon Lake City Manager Aaron Palmer said. “I look forward to working with him on issues facing the city of Canyon Lake.”
Fellows holds a bachelor’s degree in workforce education from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in administration of justice from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute. Fellows and his wife, Lea, have two adult children and live in the Chino Valley.