Sheriff Steve Bernal has been a peace officer since 1999. He was elected to the office of Sheriff in November of 2014. Before being elected as the 31st Sheriff of Monterey County, Sheriff Bernal was assigned as a patrol deputy at the South County Station. He also served at the Coastal Station and Central patrol station. Sheriff Bernal started his career as a Custody Deputy at the jail where his duties also included bailiff duties and transportation deputy.
Sheriff Bernal grew up in an agricultural oriented family in South County. He takes great pride in his community oriented style of policing in the area he grew up in and cares so much about. He instills this same philosophy today and encourages all employees at the sheriff’s office to be involved in the community.
In 2007 Sheriff Bernal was awarded the distinct honor of Deputy of the year. This award was reflective of his dedication to working hard to provide the best service to victims and citizens of Monterey County. In his first year as Sheriff he received a Resolution from Senator Anthony Cannella and Assemblyman Mark Stone for providing the highest level of service and protection to the citizens of Monterey County.
Sheriff Bernal is honored to serve as your 31st Sheriff and looks forward to making the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office a law enforcement agency we can all be proud of.
Sheriff Bernal earned his private pilot’s license at age 20 and commercial rotorcraft license at age 21. He has logged over 3000 hours in airplanes and helicopters. He is married to his wife Leslie and they have 3 children, Jennifer, Jace and Jordan.
Undersheriff Michael Moore started his law enforcement career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1991 after graduating from the 105th Session of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Training Academy. While assigned to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Moore worked assignments in corrections, patrol, narcotics, training, and internal affairs. His last assignment was as the contract city chief of police for the City of Highland, California.
He has an AS in Administration of Justice, BA in History/Social Sciences, and an MA in Business and Organizational Security Management. He is a graduate of the POST Executive Management Course and Session 56 of PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police.
As the Undersheriff, he directs the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. He reviews the objectives and effectiveness of the three operational bureaus within the Sheriff’s Office. Prior to his appointment as Undersheriff, Moore held the position of Chief Deputy of the Corrections Operations Bureau.
Undersheriff Moore is a member of several professional law enforcement organizations including California Peace Officers Association, Police Executive Research Forum, International Association of Chiefs of Police, American Jail Association, and a life member of the California Narcotics Officers Association.