Undersheriff Ed Prendergast

Ed Prendergast

Undersheriff, San Diego County

Ed Prendergast was appointed Undersheriff by Sheriff Bill Gore in December 2011, and oversees the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Department.

Undersheriff Prendergast joined the department in 1981. As a Deputy Sheriff, he was assigned to Central Jail, Detention Training Unit, and Santee Station serving as a patrol deputy, training officer, training coordinator, and area detective.

In 1992, Prendergast was promoted to Sergeant.  He worked at El Cajon Jail, George Bailey Detention Facility, Imperial Beach Station, and Special Enforcement Detail.

In 2003, Prendergast was promoted to Lieutenant.  He was assigned to the Communications Division, Las Colinas Detention Facility, and Emergency Planning Detail.

In 2005, Prendergast was promoted to Captain.  He was assigned to Vista Station and was instrumental in developing community outreach programs and reducing the crime rate.

Prendergast was promoted to Commander in 2008, Assistant Sheriff in 2010, and Undersheriff in 2011.

Prendergast has received many honors including the Sheriff’s Medal for Valor, Deputy of Year (2 years), Sheriff’s Letter of Commendation (2), Blue Knight Award, Burn Institute Award, and Rotary Club of San Diego Public Servant Hero Award.

Undersheriff Prendergast holds a Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law.  He is a member of the State Bar of California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Studies from the prestigious Columbia University in New York City.  He is a guest lecturer at University of San Diego School of Law, teaching Police Decision Making and Police Use of Force.  He also teaches Critical Incident Leadership in the P.O.S.T. Management School.