Ray Pruitt is an investigator with Chain | Cohn | Stiles, where he assists in case development and management, and gathering vital evidence and information for personal injury cases.

Ray has nearly 25 years of experience in law enforcement and investigative experience. He began his career in 1988 with the Bakersfield Police Department, worked as a private investigator for three years, and joined the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in 2001. He worked in the KCSO Crime Prevention Department, and was the spokesman / public information officer for nearly eight years.

Ray grew up in Delano and graduated from McFarland High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Phoenix, a worker’s compensation law certificate from CSU Bakersfield. He has taught criminal justice classes at both the college and law enforcement academy level. Ray has testified as a criminal court expert in superior court, and is well known in the law enforcement and business community in Kern County.

He’s been married for 25 years, and has two adult children – a student at CSU Bakersfield the other a student Bakersfield College – as well as a grandson.


  • University of Phoenix, B.A. Criminal Justice Administration
  • California State University, Bakersfield, Worker’s Compensation Law Certificate


  • Qualified Private Investigator, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, California
  • Certified Law Enforcement Academy Instructor, California Peace Officer Standards and Training