Richard Odenthal retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a Captain after 32 years of service. At the time of his retirement he was the Commanding Officer (Chief of Police) at West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.
During his career, he served as a member or Team Leader on teams involved in planning for such events as: 1984 Olympics, 7 Tournament of Roses Parades, 7 Rose Bowl football games, 3 Super Bowl games, 5 Presidential visits, and the delivery of 4 Space Shuttle vehicles from North American Aviation to NASA. He has also provided security evaluation and planning for numerous schools, churches, and synagogues.
Since 2004, Brother Odenthal has been a principal of Field Command LLC, a training and consulting company focused on Law Enforcement planning and response to major events.
After his retirement from active service on the Sheriff’s Department, Brother Odenthal began realizing that he needed the presence of the Lord in his life. After a meeting with his ex-wife of 12 years (a member of Lancaster Baptist Church), he began to attend services at LBC and in February 2007 he accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour. Richard and his wife, Alis, remarried in 2008. He has been a faithful member of the church since his salvation and presently serves as the Safety and Security Consultant to LBC.