Undersheriff Chris Hsiung

Undersheriff Chris Hsiung

Undersheriff Chris Hsiung
Sheriff of San Mateo County

Chris is a long-time San Mateo County resident. He grew up in Foster City, graduated from Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, and has been an active part of the community since. He began his law enforcement career with the Foster City Police Department in 1989, first as a police explorer and then as a Community Service Officer. After finishing his bachelor’s degree at San Jose State University, Chris became a police officer with the Mountain View Police Department. For more than 28 years, he served the Mountain View community, serving as a sexual assault detective, high tech crimes detective, person crimes detective and on the department SWAT team. As he rose through the ranks, he ultimately served or led in every division of the organization and was appointed police chief in 2020. As the department’s police chief, he was passionate about creating workplace cultures that value dignity, fairness, and respect. Sheriff Christina Corpus appointed Chris to the role of Undersheriff in February 2023 and now serves as part of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office executive leadership team.

Chris is a nationally recognized speaker and writer on the area of adaptive leadership cultures, digital engagement, and crisis communications. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and has a master’s degree in eBusiness Management from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, CA. He’s also a founding board member of "The Curve," a non-profit formed by Simon Sinek, police chiefs, and sheriffs from across the country with the mission of providing the most current leadership development and resources to forward-thinking leaders in policing in order to modernize police culture from the inside-out.

Chris serves in several leadership positions on multiple boards, including his service as a co-chair on the International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police Human & Civil Rights Committee and board member on the Global Advisory Council for the Crisis Ready Institute. Previously, Chris served as president on the Government Social Media Leadership Council, board member for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and two terms as a commissioner on the City of San Mateo Community Relations Commission.

Chris looks forward to serving the women and men of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office as well as the entire San Mateo County Community.