Before being hired by the Escondido Police Department in 2001, Varso worked for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a custody assistant and then as a deputy sheriff. Varso served as a police officer and a police K-9 handler until he was promoted to sergeant in 2011. In January 2015, he was promoted to lieutenant, promoted to captain in 2018 and was appointed as the assistant chief of police in October of 2019.
Officials said Varso knows the department thoroughly, having worked in nearly every division. He has even been the department’s public information officer, a job Carter once held and a job Carter said helped him prepare for his leadership position. If you can deal with the media, Carter said, you can deal with just about anything.
Varso is married and has three children. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s of Public Administration degree.