Mission Statement

To ensure public safety in the County of Santa Cruz. We accomplish this through open communication and collaboration with our community as well as continuous professional development of staff to address crime and promote innovative corrections solutions.

Department Overview

The Sheriff-Coroner is an elected official, empowered by the California State Constitution, who serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the County. The Sheriff-Coroner provides patrol services and conducts investigations in the unincorporated areas, operates the County's adult correctional facilities, provides court security for the Superior Court, serves civil processes, and as Coroner, investigates the cause of sudden or unexpected deaths. The department is committed to the preservation of public safety through innovative service partnerships, improvements to correctional facilities that focus on the safety of inmates and staff.

Budget Summary

Department Budget Overview

Budget Summary of Changes

The Sheriff-Coroner budget reflects funding for the Recovery Center and with the completion of the state-of-the-art DNA laboratory, the department will begin the three-year accreditation process.

The Sheriff-Coroner budget includes scheduled and negotiated salary and benefit increases. The budget also recommends funding 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) Criminalists for the DNA laboratory, including funding to offset staff and operational costs, and start the accreditation process (year one of three).

The budget recommends adding 1.0 FTE Program Coordinator and deleting 1.0 FTE vacant Deputy Sheriff for the Alcohol Nuisance Abatement Program. Adding a Program Coordinator position to the Alcohol Nuisance Abatement Program will provide consistency to the public with assistance from Deputy Sheriffs for compliance and enforcement.

Supplemental Budget Summary of Changes

The Supplemental Budget appropriates grant awards for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) ($1,250,000 for three and a half years) and CalAIM Justice Involved Round 3 ($3,500,000 for two years) funding. The MAT grant funds 1.0 FTE Program Coordinator, medications, and a contract with Janus of Santa Cruz to provide relief to individuals in jail suffering with opioid use disorders and alcohol dependence. The CalAIM grant will be used to plan and implement the newly required pre-release and re-entry services for eligible individuals in custody. Funding builds capacity in necessary infrastructure and personnel, and deliverables must be completed by October 2026. The grant funds 2.0 FTE Program Coordinators, 1.0 FTE Senior Departmental Administrative Analyst, miscellaneous equipment, supplies and professional services for contract services. Supplemental changes also include funding for replacement of Livescan fingerprinting equipment.

Open the Services Overview or Operational Plan Objectives below for more details.

Department Services and Objectives

Total Expenses
6 %
Total Revenues
9 %
General Fund Contribution
5 %
Other Fund Contributions
-100 %
Funded Staffing
Service Overview
Operational Plan Objectives
This service supports various department objectives


1 – Indicates change from FY 2021-22 Allowed Budget

2 – General Fund Contribution is the share of General County Revenues (primarily property tax and other local taxes) allocated to each department. Other funds that contribute to this budget are shown on the Budget Details page.

3 – Indicates change from FY 2021-22 Adjusted Funded Positions (including Board-approved mid-year changes as of April 1, 2022).

Budget Details

The charts below show department expenditures and revenues by division and service. Click on the pie charts to drill down for more detail. Complete detail can be found on the County's Transparency Portal.

Expenses by Service

Expenses and Revenues over time

Personnel Details

The chart below provides the department personnel detail by division, service, and classification.