A detective in the domestic violence and sexual assault unit of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has been named the 2009 Deputy of the Year, the sheriff’s office announced Friday. Detective Alex Aguayo was chosen for the honor by Sheriff Mike Kanalakis. Aguayo, who previously served as the deputy working exclusively in the community of Castroville, was selected for his strong worth ethic, dedication, and affable personality, according to the sheriff’s office. Aguayo has been with the sheriff’s office for 13 years and began working in the custody operations bureau before transferring to a patrol position in 2000. He served for several years as a field training officer, training new patrol duties, and is currently a member of the sheriff’s SWAT team. Aguayo will receive a personalized “Deputy of the Year” badge that he will wear throughout 2010, according to the sheriff’s office. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.