California Government Code 24004.3. | News

(a) No one is eligible to become a candidate for the office of sheriff in a county unless, at the time of the election filing deadline, he or she meets one of the following criteria:

(1) An active or inactive advanced certificate issued by the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.

(2) One year of full-time salaried law enforcement experience under the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code, at least a portion of which must have been completed within the five years preceding the date of filing, and has a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

(3) Two years of full-time salaried law enforcement experience under the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code, at least a portion of which must have been completed within the five years preceding the date of deposit, and possesses a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

(4) Three years of full-time salaried law enforcement experience under the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code, at least a portion of which must have been completed within the five years preceding the date of deposit, and possesses an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree, or equivalent, from an accredited college.

(5) Four years of full-time salaried law enforcement experience under the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code, at least a portion of which must have been completed within the five years preceding the date of deposit, and possesses a high school diploma or equivalent.

(b) All persons holding the office of Sheriff on January 1, 1989 shall be deemed to have met all the qualifications required for candidates for election or appointment to the office of Sheriff.

Bernard P. Love