Riverside, Ca– Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff will be sworn in on January 3rd, 2011, 9:00 a.m. at the Riverside County Administrative Center, located at 4080 Lemon Street, in Riverside. The ceremony will be brief, and light refreshments will be served immediately afterwards, across the street on the first floor of the Sheriff’s Administration Building, located at 4095 Lemon Street, Riverside. The event is open to the public.
Sheriff Sniff has served as the 13th Sheriff of Riverside County since October 2, 2007.
The oath of office will be administered by retired Superior Court Judge Charles D. Field. Judge Field was appointed to the Riverside Superior Court in January 1990 by Governor Deukmejian. He was first assigned to the Juvenile Court for almost two years, and then moved to the Civil Division where he served from late 1991 until his retirement in August 2004. He serves as an elected Director for the Western Municipal Water District.
Sheriff Sniff’s biography can be viewed on our website at www.riversidesheriff.org.
Stanley Sniff, Jr. was appointed as the 13th Sheriff of Riverside County by the Board of Supervisors to complete the remaining term of his retired predecessor starting on October 2, 2007.
This past June, he won the primary election for a full 4-year term starting January 3, 2011. He is the third Sheriff to also serve as “Coroner-Public Administrator” after that Department was merged in 1999. The Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department was created in 1893 and is the second largest Sheriff ’s Department in California with 4,600 full-time staff and 1,500 volunteers that oversee countywide patrol operations, jail operations, court security and coroner investigations. The department has an operating budget of 510 million dollars for the current fiscal year.
Sheriff Sniff has nearly 35 years of law enforcement experience and is the eldest grandson of one of the pioneering date and citrus families of the Coachella Valley and grew up in the Indio area. He joined the Coachella Police Department in 1975 after graduation from the San Bernardino Sheriff ’s Academy and then transferred to the Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department in 1979, initially assigned to the Indio Station, serving across the Coachella Valley. His initial expertise was in traffic enforcement and accident investigation and he was instrumental in creating the department’s very first specialized traffic safety programs.
He has held subsequent assignments in uniformed patrol operations in Riverside, the San Gorgonio Pass area, and Southwest Riverside County. As a Captain he held command assignments of the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, the Banning Sheriff ’s Station and the Ben Clark Training Center. As a Chief Deputy he held assignments over Training and Personnel, East and West county patrol operations. As an Assistant Sheriff he was assigned oversight of all county court operations, jail operations and patrol operations divisions.
A retired colonel in the Army Reserve, Stanley Sniff was commissioned as an Armor officer out of the OCS program in 1973 at the U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA. He served 30 years in a variety of military staff and command assignments in infantry, armor and cavalry units.