For his entire adult life, Sheriff Scott R. Jones has sworn an oath to protect the citizens of Sacramento County, and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Through his service in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, he strives to give a voice to the voiceless, stand up for what's right, and defend those who are unable or unwilling to protect themselves.
Starting with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office in 1989, Sheriff Jones rose through the ranks, earning the respect of his peers and the community alike. First elected Sheriff by the people of Sacramento County in 2010, Sheriff Jones was re-elected unopposed to a second term in 2014.
A testament to the deep inroads he’s made with a wide array of community groups, faith-based organizations, businesses, and individuals alike, Sheriff Jones was resoundingly re-elected to a 3rd term in June 2018, securing nearly 75,000 more votes than his closest competitor, and more votes than all three of his opponents combined.
As the 36th Sheriff of Sacramento County, Sheriff Jones boasts a stellar record of accomplishments. He led the Department out of the worst financial crisis of its history and helped rebuild it into the most diverse law enforcement agency in the region -- including efforts to recruit and promote veterans, women, and minorities. Increased community engagement and continued innovation has been accomplished all within budget. In fact, Sheriff Jones has returned funds to the County year after year to be used for other community programs across the region.
Through his leadership, he’s implemented significant initiatives including creating a multi-jurisdictional Impact Division, which uses active intelligence to fight gangs and remove gang leaders. He also founded and established the Department’s first Community Relations Unit as well as the first Youth Services Unit, responsible for engaging thousands of children and young adults in activities and programs to keep them safe and off the streets.
Considered one of the foremost experts on law enforcement in California, Sheriff Jones has been invited to testify before the United States Congress and Executive Branch of the Federal Government on multiple occasions to provide boots-on-the-ground insight into the many issues facing our communities. In addition, Sheriff Jones regularly meets with national and state leaders, and has spoken on law enforcement issues for national and statewide news outlets. Furthermore, he serves as the Chair of the Central California Intelligence Committee and host of the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center.
Sheriff Jones holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Sacramento, and a Juris Doctor degree from Lincoln Law School. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, as well as the FBI’s National Executive Institute, and spent many years as an adjunct professor at the Community and State College level, specializing in police liability and disciplinary matters.
Sheriff Jones has been married to his wife Christy for 27 years, and together they have four wonderful children.