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Sheriff Ortiz started his career with the Napa County Department of Corrections in 1992, before joining the Napa County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a Deputy Sheriff. In June of 2021, Sheriff Ortiz was appointed to serve as the Napa County Sheriff-Coroner by the Napa County Board of Supervisors and in 2022, Sheriff Ortiz was elected by Napa County voters to serve as Sheriff-Coroner. Prior to becoming Napa County’s 29th Sheriff, Sheriff Ortiz was a Captain in the Sheriff’s Office and assigned to serve as Police Chief for the City of American Canyon. He served as their Police Chief between 2017-2021. Sheriff Ortiz also worked as part of the Napa County Office of Emergency Services (OES) Team, as the Operations Section Chief in the Emergency Operations Center from 2014 to 2021.
Sheriff Ortiz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management, a California Peace Officers Standards and Training Executive certificate, and is a graduate of both the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, as well as the 273rd session of the FBI National Academy. Throughout his career, Sheriff Ortiz has volunteered countless hours at the Napa Sheriff’s Activities League coaching youth sports, primarily boxing. He also served on the board of directors for the California State Sheriff’s Association.