Captain Joe Vargas has been a police officer for the Anaheim Police Department for over 25 years. During this time he has worked as a hostage negotiator, field-training officer, and narcotics investigator. After his promotion to Sergeant in 1991, he was assigned as a field supervisor and later served as the community-policing supervisor for almost five years. In 1997 he proposed and created the position of Public Information Officer for the Anaheim Police Department. Lt. Vargas served as PIO for the department until his promotion to Lieutenant in 2000. Lt. Vargas was assigned as the incident commander during the 2002 World Series and 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs. His assignments as a Lieutenant have included, Watch Commander, Strategic Services Bureau Commander, District Commander and Professional Standards Bureau Commander.
Lt. Vargas has served as a board member of the Southern California Emergency Public Information Officers Association and was a founding member of the Orange County Public Information Officers Association. He also serves as the Vice Chairperson of the California Law Enforcement Image Coalition. He has trained Law Enforcement Officers and private industry personnel in media relations and crisis communications throughout southern California.