FBI Names Chief of Ventura Office

FBI officials have tapped David E. Nesbitt, a 29-year veteran of the agency, to head the Ventura office.

Nesbitt, 51, will succeed Gary Auer, who retired as head of the FBI’s local office last month. Nesbitt, supervisor of the agency’s Financial Institutions Fraud Division in Los Angeles, has specialized in investigating bank scandals, including the savings and loan crisis of a decade ago. He will become the local FBI chief Aug. 1.

“Taking Mr. Auer’s place will be a difficult assignment,” Nesbitt said Tuesday. “He did just a spectacular job in Ventura.”

Nesbitt, a Conejo Valley resident, said he looks forward to investigating a broad range of crimes, not just those involving banks. He said he expects to probe fraud cases involving defense contracting, health care and telemarketing, as well as bank robberies.


Kevin Kelly, the acting supervisor of the Ventura office, said he looks forward to working with his new boss.

“He’s very well thought of and has a wealth of experience,” he said.

Nesbitt will oversee 23 employees in the FBI’s Ventura and Lancaster offices.