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orange county sheriff's department
Sandra Hutchens was sworn in as the 12th Sheriff-Coroner for Orange County in June of 2008. She served as the Sheriff-Coroner for over 10 years until her retirement in January 2019. She began her law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1976 and retired in 2007 as a Division Chief in charge of the Office of Homeland Security. With more than forty years of service in law enforcement, Sandra Hutchens possesses invaluable experience in nearly every facet of law enforcement. Sandra Hutchens led more than 3,800 sworn and professional men and women who served in areas as diverse as Patrol Operations, Criminal and Special Investigations, the County’s Crime Lab and courts, Coroner’s Office, as well as those who serve in Orange County’s five jails that collectively comprise the eighth largest jail system in the nation. The department provides a variety of vital public safety services to our communities. These include direct patrol services to more than 700,000 residents within the county’s unincorporated areas and via contract to thirteen municipal cities, the County’s three harbors, John Wayne Airport, and the Orange County Transportation Agency. Professional affiliations included membership in the National Sheriff’s Association, Major County Sheriff’s of America, and the Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriff’s Association. Sandra Hutchens also served as a board member for the California State Sheriff’s Association and the California Police Officers Association. She was appointed to the POST Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014 where she served for four years. She was selected as the President of Major County Sheriff’s of America in 2016 and served a two-year term. Counter-terrorism training received in Israel, travels to Pakistan and Russia, and leadership training at the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative course at Harvard University have provided her with the expertise and vision needed to effectively lead a law enforcement organization.