Sheriff Paul Parker, who began his career as a cadet, announces he won’t seek another term


Sheriff Paul Parker conducts a briefing in the Emergency Operations Center during the winter storms of 2017. Sheriff Parker has announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.
sheriff J. Paul Parker
Sheriff Paul Parker

Sheriff Paul Parker, who dreamed at a young age of becoming a law enforcement officer, and who started his career in the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department Cadet Program, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2018. Sheriff is one of six elected department head positions in the County. The others are Treasurer/Tax Collector, Auditor/Controller, Clerk/Recorder, District Attorney, and Assessor. All other department heads are appointed by the elected Board of Supervisors.

We look forward to working with the sheriff in his final year.

Below is the text of the Sheriff’s press release announcing his decision.

Sutter County Sheriff J. Paul Parker announces Retirement

YUBA CITY–In a much anticipated announcement, Sheriff Paul Parker announced that he would not run for re-election, but instead would retire at the end of the current term.

“I vividly recall my excitement back in 1972, when I received the notice I had been accepted into the Cadet Program. That’s when my dream of becoming a law enforcement officer was off and running,” stated Sheriff Parker. “Today, I still feel the same pride and commitment to our community, and the Department.  But after nearly 10 years as Sheriff, it is time for me to hand over the reins.”

Parker began as a Sheriff’s Patrol Cadet at the old Jail next to the Courthouse on 2nd and C Streets in 1972.  He moved up to communications and worked for a year in the photo lab for the Detective’s Division.  Parker paid his own way through the police academy, after graduating, was hired as a patrol officer for the Live Oak Police Department in 1976.

He returned to the Sheriff’s Department in 1980 as a patrol deputy.  Parker moved quickly up the ranks to Corporal in 1985, Patrol Sergeant in 1989, and served eight years as a Detective Sergeant.  He was promoted Captain in 1999, commanding the Jail Division before taking command of the Patrol Division in 2003 and was promoted to Undersheriff in 2006.

In April 2008, Paul Parker was appointed Sutter County Sheriff-Coroner after the retirement of Sheriff Jim Denney.  He was overwhelmingly re-elected Sheriff in 2010 and 2014.

During that time, Parker has served as an instructor at Yuba Community College, as well as teaching courses on jail security and domestic violence at both the Police and the Jail Academies.  Parker is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  He has been honored as Officer of the Year by the Marysville Exchange Club and Officer of the Year by the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office.

“I must thank my family for enduring all the night shifts; the Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthday and other celebrations that all cops know they are going to miss with their families. My family has always been my rock and my anchor.” said Parker.

“I also want to thank my second family – the members of the Sheriff’s Department, who over the years could be counted on no matter the challenge. Many are still doing the job, some are retired, but still around – and some are gone but, never forgotten.”

Parker concluded: “It’s been a great honor and a distinct privilege to serve the citizens of Sutter County over these past 45 years. They have gone by in a flash…  Thank you.”

Sheriff Parker is a lifelong resident of the Yuba/Sutter area and lives in Yuba City with his wife Kate. Sheriff Parker has two daughters, (Jacqueline and Samantha) a son (Jacob) and six grandchildren (Abby, Christian, Kyler, Saxon, Jackson, and Georgia Grace).   

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