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Orange County, CA June 2, 1998 Primary

Full Biography for Michael S. "Mike" Carona

Candidate for Sheriff-Coroner

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Marshal Mike Carona has been with the Orange County Marshal's Department for twenty two (22) years. He rose through the ranks serving as a deputy in the field, a supervising deputy, and as a lieutenant before competing state wide against seventy two (72) law enforcement executives (including Paul Walters) for the position of Orange County Marshal. Mike won and has held the position for nine years.

EXPERIENCE (Law Enforcement only. See full resume for complete listing of experience)

1988-Present Marshal of Orange County - Chief of Orange County Marshal's Department charged with overall responsibility for second largest county-wide law enforcement agency.

1986-1988 Lieutenant - Managed Field Services Division Overseeing Criminal Investigations,

Warrant Operations and Special Operations.

1985-1986 Senior Deputy Marshal - Supervised Detention Operations

1976-1985 Deputy I - Assigned to Field Operations, Fugitive Warrant Detail, Court Services and Jail Operations.

1980-1989 Instructor - Criminal Justice Program at Goldenwest College

1997-Present Head of O.C. Sexual Predator Task Force. Effort in conjunction with DOJ

1995- Present Alternatives to Incarceration Task Force

1994-Present Gang Strategy Steering Committee

1995-1997 Head of County/Federal Operation Trident (Ten most wanted apprehension nation- wide)

1992-Present Head of Orange County's Most Wanted Fugitive Program

1988-Present Served as head of task forces established to address significant and varied law
enforcement needs with almost every law enforcement agency in Orange County.

EDUCATION (Law Enforcement only. See full resume for complete education listing)

1995 Law Enforcement Executive Development School (LEEDS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Quantico, VA.


1973-1979 Administration of Justice, California State University, Fullerton 1976 Orange County Sheriff's Academy Class #32

1976-Present Thousands of hours of International, Federal, State and Local training on

Law Enforcement matters.

CERTIFICATES (Law Enforcement only. See full resume for complete certification listing.)

1988 POST, (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Executive Certificate

1986 POST, Management Certificate

1985 POST, Supervisory Certificate

1982 POST, Advanced Certificate

1980 POST, Intermediate Certificate

1976 POST, Basic Certificate

MEMBERSHIPS (Current Law Enforcement only. See full resume for complete memberships listing.)

1997-Present Co-Chair, Law and Justice Committee of California, California Republican Party

1996-Present Advisory Board, Orange County Bar Foundation

1996-Present Governing Board, Olive Crest Center for Child Abuse Prevention

1995-Present International Associate of Judicial Security Officers

1995-Present F. B. I. LEEDS Alumni Association (LEEDA)

1994- Present California Judges, Marshals and Constables Association

1994-Present California Peace Officers Association

1994-Present National Criminal Justice Association

1993-Present Orange County Gang Strategy Steering Committee

1992-Present Governing Board, Rehabilitation Institute of Orange

1992-Present Society of Police Futurists International

1991-Present Command College Alumni Association

1990-Present Latino Peace Officers Association

1989-Present Governing Board, Orange County Victims Services and Prevention

1989-Present Orange County Chief's and Sheriff's Association

1976- Present California State Marshal's Association


Never before have the residents of Orange County had the opportunity to elect, as their sheriff, a man of such broad experience and education as Mike Carona. The breadth and depth of experience which Mike brings to law enforcement is unparalleled. Clearly, he possesses the unique abilities and background necessary to lead the Orange County Sheriff's Department into the 21st century.

EXPERIENCE (Non-Law Enforcement only)

1987 - Present COMMISSIONER, Student Aid Commission, Sacramento, CA Serves as a Commissioner, appointed by Governor George Deukmejian, reappointed by Governor Pete Wilson, responsible for the administration and distribution of $350 Million in Cal Grants and a student loan portfolio of $17 Billion. Appointed Chair of the Commission in 1993 and 1994.

1983 - Present ARBITRATOR, National Association of Security Dealers, San Francisco, CA

1992 - Present ARBITRATOR, New York Stock Exchange, New York, NY

1994 - Present ARBITRATOR, Pacific Stock Exchange, San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION (Non-Law Enforcement only)

1988 - 1992 Master of Science, Management, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

1984 - 1986 Master of Arts, Management, University of Redlands, Redlands

1979 - 1983 Bachelor of Arts, Management, University of Redlands, Redlands

1977 - 1978 California State University, Los Angeles

1978 Associate of Science, Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA

1976 - 1997 Citrus College, Azusa, CA

1974 - 1975 Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA


1983 Master's Thesis "A guide for Reorganization of the West Orange County Municipal
Court Calendars",

1991 Master's Thesis "Developing an Organizational Vision in the 21st Century"

CERTIFICATES (Non-Law Enforcement only)

1986 Limited Service Teaching Credential

HONORS (Non-Law Enforcement only)

1994 Man of the Year, Soroptomists International

MEMBERSHIPS (Non-Law Enforcement only)

1997 - Present Governing Board, Salvation Army of Orange County

1996 U.S. Olympic Torch Run Selection Committee of Orange County

1995 - Present Governing Board, Orange County Conservation Corps

1994 - Present Society for the Advancement of Management

1994 - Present Trial Court Budgeting Commission

1994 - Present World Future Society

1993 - Present Lincoln Club of Orange County

1992 - Present American Society of Public Administrators

1992 Chair, Orange County Employees United Way Campaign

1983 - Present Arbitrator, Better Business Bureau

1982 - Present MENSA


Date of Birth: May 23, 1955 Married eighteen (18) years and have one seven (7) year old son.

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