Captain Herman Lopez has been with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for twenty-three years. Captain Lopez’ first assignment was in 1997 when he was assigned to the Corrections Division-Indio Jail. In April 1997, he transferred to the Patrol Division-Palm Desert Station and worked in the cities of Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the unincorporated county areas. In 2004 Captain Lopez was promoted to Corporal and transferred to the Indio Station where he later promoted to Investigator. While at the Indio Station, Captain Lopez worked in the cities of La Quinta, Coachella and the unincorporated county areas.
In December 2006, Captain Lopez was promoted to rank of Sergeant and transferred to the Palm Desert Station where he worked as a patrol supervisor and the Investigations Bureau sergeant. In 2009, Captain Lopez was assigned to the Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit.
In August 2012, Captain Lopez promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and held assignments in Corrections, Patrol and the Special Investigations Bureau. Captain Lopez was promoted to his current rank in 2019 and commanded the Special Investigations Bureau and later the Major Crimes Bureau. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and has lived with his family in the Coachella Valley since 1997.