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Norco Sheriff's Station Welcomes Leader, Lt. Justin Rowan

Captain Andrew Elia, recently promoted from Lieutenant, departs the Norco Sheriff’s Station after two successful years as the City’s top law enforcement officer. He is succeeded by Lieutenant Justin Rowan, who will continue the strong bond between Norco and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The City of Norco greatly appreciates and thanks Captain Andrew Elia for his service to the community, and is excited to welcome his successor, Lieutenant Rowan, who will continue to provide responsive and efficient public safety to the residents of Norco. The City of Norco was the very first contract city for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and the community and the Sheriff’s Department have always enjoyed a close working relationship. Captain Elia introduced innovative new programs during his two-year tenure and his passion for Horsetown USA was clear to his colleagues and Norco residents alike. The City of Norco wishes Captain Elia well as he continues to rise among the ranks.

Lieutenant Rowan is no stranger to Norco, having spent a portion of his career patrolling the City and is excited to return in a leadership position. He joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department as a Community Service Officer in 1995, and was promoted to the rank of Deputy Sheriff in 1999, leading patrol assignments in Temecula, Perris and Canyon Lake. In 2003, Deputy Rowan was assigned to the Southwest Corridor Narcotics Taskforce (SWCNTF), and returned to a patrol assignment at the Perris Station in 2005. In 2007, he was assigned to the Ben Clark Training Center where he served as a recruit training officer for the Extended Sheriff’s Academy.

In 2008, Deputy Rowan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and transferred to the Jurupa Valley Station. In the next several years, he supervised numerous assignments in the contract cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Norco. Sergeant Rowan was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant in 2017 and was assigned to Indian Wells. In 2019, he was transferred to the Jurupa Valley Station, where he oversaw patrol operations for unincorporated county areas, school resource officers, field training offers, Special Enforcement Team, Detective Bureau, Burglary Suppression Team and the Domestic Violence Investigation Team. In his new role in Norco, he oversees all patrol operations within the Norco Sheriff’s Station.

For more information about the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, visit To contact the Norco Sheriff’s Station, call (951) 270-5673 or email In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.