Sheriff-Coroner Darren Thompson


Three-term Sheriff-Coroner Darren Thompson has seen great changes in San Benito Count's crime over his career. “Twenty years ago, our largest public safety concern was gang-related crimes. Voters and legislators in California implemented some very tough prison sentences for gang crimes and were able to address some of the circumstances that discouraged witnesses from participating in the criminal justice process. Collectively, these two dynamics resulted in a reduction of gang crimes. Conversely, it created overcrowding in our state prisons,” Thompson explained in a 2018 interview with

On April 13, Thompson tendered his resignation at a meeting of the San County Board of Supervisors. According to a report by, the sheriff will retire on June 25.

Notable quote: “The topography of this county makes radio communications difficult. However, in recent years, and in an ongoing effort, our radio infrastructure has been and will continue to be upgraded. We are working toward a modern, networked radio infrastructure that truly is the lifeline for our deputies and those in need.” (Source:

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