Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos

Carlos G. Bolanos
Sheriff of San Mateo County

Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos was elected the 25th Sheriff of San Mateo County in June 2018. As the County’s chief law enforcement officer, Sheriff Bolanos oversees all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office including its adult correctional facilities; patrol services; contract law enforcement services; public safety and emergency services; forensic laboratory services; technology services; and administrative and fiscal services.

Sheriff Bolanos brings over 40 years of law enforcement experience to the position. He began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a police officer with the Palo Alto Police Department. He quickly rose through the ranks and went on to serve in a variety of leadership positions including serving as Police Captain for the Salinas Police Department and Chief of Police for the Redwood City Police Department where he is credited with integrating a community oriented policing philosophy in the department and bringing P.A.L. to the community. In January 2007, Sheriff Bolanos was appointed as Undersheriff of San Mateo County and served in that role until 2016 when he was appointed, and subsequently, elected as Sheriff of San Mateo County.

As Sheriff, he has focused on programs, policies, and procedures that increase public safety, promote transparency, and address the specific needs of the community. Under his leadership, the Sheriff’s Office launched a new Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) program, the first of its kind in the state; implemented a body worn camera program for all sworn staff; opened an Acute Stabilization Unit for the treatment of severely mentally ill inmates; launched the AAPI Liaison Program; and expanded its evidence-based inmate programs and services. 

Sheriff Bolanos’ dedication to public service extends beyond his professional career. He is also active in the community and has volunteered his time for numerous organizations throughout the County. He currently serves as a board member on the Starvista and San Mateo County Historical Association boards and is past president of the Redwood City Rotary Club.

A strong proponent of education, Sheriff Bolanos earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, East Bay. He is also a graduate of the California Command College Program and the Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program.