Career Law Enforcement Officer

  • 40 years with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Two as volunteer reserve deputy sheriff
  • 38 years as full time employee including detention officer, and deputy sheriff (all ranks from corporal to Chief Deputy)
  • Chief of Custody managing the entire MCSO jail system (12 years)
  • Chief Deputy managing the entire Sheriff’s Office (6 years). MCSO is the fourth largest Sheriff’s Office in the Nation.

Education

  • Graduate: FBI National Academy, Quantico Virginia (Recognized as the leading law enforcement executive management training in the world)
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Management, Wayland Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration, Grand Canyon University
  • Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice, Scottsdale Community College

Major Professional Accomplishments

  • Oversaw the design and construction of two major jails and supporting buildings including a Food Factory and Training Facility, considered to be the largest construction project ever undertaken by a county.
  • Obtained a Certified Jail Manager designation from the National Sheriff’s Association
  • Helped establish hiring standards for detention officers to staff the new jails.
  • Successfully worked to settle a court consent decree involving inmate rights that languished over 30 years originally known as Hart v Hill
  • Appointed by three Arizona governors to the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training Board serving for twelve years. The Board sets standards for hire and training of as well as reviewing and assessing discipline for all peace officers in the State of Arizona.
  • As Chief Deputy successfully worked to quickly settle a civil lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice alleging both enforcement and custody issues
  • As Chief Deputy worked tirelessly to see that MCSO began immediately complying with the court order issued October 2, 2013 “Supplemental Permanent Injunction/Judgement Order” known as Melendrez v Arpaio laying a solid foundation for future compliance

Goals and Values

  • Keep people safe!
  • Keeping animals safe by aggressively enforcing animal cruelty laws and maintaining a safe place for them to recover
  • Restore the pride and dignity back to Sheriff employees
  • Make MCSO a place people want to come to and work again.
  • Give back so much of what MCSO and the citizens has given to him
  • Restore the desire of deputies to be more proactive delivering their services
  • Be fiscally conservative with taxpayer money