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J. B. Kerrick, chief of police and city tax collector of Oxnard since 1929, belongs to a family that has been represented in California since the pioneer days of 1850. He was born in Fillmore, California, on April 12, 1892, a son of James J. and Laura A. (Crew) Kerrick. His brother, T. M. Kerrick, is engaged in mining in Mexico.

The career of J. B. Kerrick has been one of varied and exciting experiences. For some years he lived the life of a cowboy on the range. He was an Arizona deputy sheriff in 1912 and the following year was appointed ranger at Sonora, Arizona, while subsequently his territory was enlarged to include Gila County, that state, where he continued in office until 1924. Mr. Kerrick won much praise for the fearless discharge of his duties in this connection and indeed he has long enjoyed an unassailable reputation for unflinching courage and honesty. It was in 1929 that he assumed his present duties as chief of police and tax collector of Oxnard, California, and in him the city has found an official who cannot be bribed. Though a menace to the law-breaker, he is nevertheless a man of quiet, kindly and modest disposition and domestic tastes who has attracted to himself a host of warm friends. Fraternally he is identified with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, belonging to Lodge No. 1443 at Oxnard.

Mr. Kerrick is the father of two sons, Jimmie and Joe, who are fourteen and twelve years of age, respectively. The former is a high school student.




Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: California of the South Vol. IV, by John Steven McGroarty, Page 149, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

2012 V. Gerald Iaquinta.