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.
John C. Mineau
Undersheriff John Mineau has over 26-years of law enforcement experience. Mineau joined the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 as the Chief Deputy of the Corrections Operations Bureau. In that role, Mineau was responsible for managing the Monterey County Jail, Transportation Division, and Court Security of all facilities of the Superior Courts of California in Monterey County.
Prior to joining the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, Undersheriff Mineau has worked at all levels of county and municipal law enforcement agencies. Mineau was appointed as the Undersheriff for Lassen County in 2008 and served in that capacity for more than 8 years when he joined the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office in 2016.
Mineau earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of California’s Commission on Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST) Command College. Additionally, Mineau has been a two-time appointee to the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Executive Steering Committee to update California Title 15 and 24 minimum jail standards. Mineau also published an article on California Public Safety Realignment (AB 109) in the magazine for the American Jail Association. Mineau is a member of the California State Sheriff’s Association CSSA Legislation Committee where he advocates for critical public safety legislation impacting the criminal justice system and citizens of Monterey County.