About the Undersheriff

Don Barnes

Best Experience

Nearly 3 Decades of Keeping Orange County Safe

        • Orange County Undersheriff, 2016-Present

            • Chief Operating Officer for the nation’s 5th largest sheriff’s department serving a population of 3.1 million residents.
            • Oversees the daily operations of the department’s 24 Divisions comprised of 3,900 sworn and
              professional employees, and more than 700 volunteers.
        • Assistant Sheriff of Orange County, 2012-2015

        • Division Commander, Orange County Sheriff, 2010-2012

        • Executive Assistant to Sheriff of Orange County, 2009-2010

        • Chief of Police Services, City of Lake Forest, 2007-2009

        • Lieutenant, Orange County Sheriff, 2005-2007

        • Sergeant, Orange County Sheriff, 2001-2005

        • Deputy, Orange County Sheriff, 1989-2001

Best Prepared

    • Master of the Arts, Public Administration, California State University, Long Beach

    • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Phoenix

    •  FBI National Academy, University of Virginia

    •  FBI National Executive Institute

    •  Senior Management Institute for Policing (Police Executive Research Forum), Boston University

    • Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), University of Southern California

    • Leadership in Crisis, Harvard Kennedy Business School

    • Leadership in Police Organizations, International Association of Chiefs of Police

    • Incident Management Unified Command Course, Texas A&M

    • Partial List

Community Engagement

        • Orange County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, Chair

        • Integrated Law and Justice – Orange County, Chair

        • Special Olympics Orange County – Regional Leadership Council Member

        • MECCA – Multi-ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies, Board Member

        • LGBTQ Policing Partnership, Sheriff’s Representative

        • Laura’s House, Board of Directors

        • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), L.A. Area Executive Board, 2011-2013

        • HIDTA Budget Subcommittee, L.A. Area Executive Board, 2011-2012

        • Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, 2010-2012

        • Trauma Intervention Program, Board of Directors, 2010-2013