Michael has approximately 21 years as a First Responder – his love for public safety and service began in high school as a Police Explorer. His public sector experience encompasses 3 Years as a Volunteer Firefighter for San Bernardino County, 3 years as an ETM on a busy Ambulance Rig in Orange County, CA and lastly – his real passion – Michael served as a Deputy Sheriff for San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years. Duty assignments included Corrections, Patrol, Traffic Accident Investigation, Media Relations and Public Affairs, and Training.
He currently holds membership to the National Sheriff’s Association, International Public Safety Association, Inc, and the Public Safety Broadband Technology Association. Michael has previously held membership with the California Sheriff’s Association.
While assigned to Public affairs within the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, he developed and initiated the Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program – a community oriented policing program adopted from Mesa, Arizona. Michael then developed a Train-the-Trainer Course and then taught it to agencies throughout California.
He has been awarded the Sheriff’s Medal of Meritorious Service and the Sheriff’s Life Saving award. He was honored as a Deputy of the Year for his dedication to Community Service.