A/S Michael Barnett

Michael Barnett

Assistant Sheriff

As the head of the Law Enforcement Services Bureau (LESB) Assistant Sheriff Mike Barnett oversees a budget of $256 million and 1,371 authorized employees. The men and women of the LESB work at over two dozen separate facilities countywide serving more than 900,000 people living in areas where the Sheriff provides police services. These facilities include patrol stations, investigative offices, the Crime Laboratory, Communications Center, and the Emergency Services Division.

He began his law enforcement career working in a jail and soon transferred to a patrol assignment where he served as a field training officer and later in detective assignments. After being promoted in 2001, Sergeant Barnett served a second tour of duty in detentions, followed by an assignment in patrol as a supervisor. He was then selected for the Internal Affairs Unit. His final assignment before promotion to lieutenant was as a supervisor in Criminal Intelligence.

From 2006 to 2011 Lieutenant Barnett served as a jail watch commander, substation commander in Fallbrook, and as the commanding officer of the Criminal Intelligence Detail.

In 2011 Captain Barnett took over command of the San Marcos Station which serves the City of San Marcos and the surrounding unincorporated area. Developing innovative crime fighting strategies in his command led to Captain Barnett being asked to spear-head a regional Intelligence Led Policing initiative in San Diego County in 2013. Captain Barnett re-organized the operations of his agency and aligned the efforts of regional public safety partners to leverage criminal intelligence and operational capacity to fight crime.

Captain Barnett was transferred to the Sheriff’s Personnel Division in 2013 where he oversaw the selection, hiring, and human resource management of the entire department. In 2014, Captain Barnett was promoted to Commander. His first assignment was over the Human Resource Services Bureau followed by Law Enforcement Services overseeing investigations. In October 2015, Sheriff Gore appointed him as the Assistant Sheriff in charge of Law Enforcement Services.

Assistant Sheriff Barnett holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from San Diego State University and is a graduate of the California POST Supervisory Leadership Institute as well as the Executive Development Program. He also completed the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. He attended the Western States Counterterrorism Seminar in Israel in 2013. He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a lifetime member of the California State Sheriff’s Association.