COMMANDER MICHAEL BARNETT
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.
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. 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 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 and he now serves in Law Enforcement Services overseeing investigations.
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. He also completed the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum. 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. He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum and a lifetime member of the California State Sheriff’s Association.