Commander Mike Barnett has served the people of San Diego County as a deputy sheriff since 1991. 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
various investigative 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 was as a supervisor in the Criminal Intelligence Unit.
In 2006 Lieutenant Barnett was assigned to a detention facility as a watch commander. He was subsequently assigned as the commanding officer
of the Sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Unit overseeing all aspects of criminal intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination. In 2010
he was assigned as a station commander in Fallbrook and oversaw a large reduction of crime during his tenure there.
In 2011 Captain Barnett took over command of the San Marcos Station. In this capacity he served as the Chief of Police Services for the
84,000 population city of San Marcos and the surrounding unincorporated area for a total command population of 140,000 people. He oversaw
a staff of 137 people and managed a budget of $18 million. Developing innovative crime fighting strategies in his command led to Captain
Barnett being asked to spear-head a regional Information 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.
Having launched the Information Led Policing program, Captain Barnett was transferred to the Sheriff’s Personnel Division where
he oversaw the selection, hiring, and human resource management of the 4,000 employee department which has an authorized budget of
over $600 million. In March 2014, Captain Barnett was promoted to Sheriff’s Commander.
Commander 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. In 2013 he attended the Western States Counterterrorism
Seminar in Tel Aviv, Israel with police chiefs and command-level officers from throughout the Western U.S. and Israel.