Santa Cruz County History - Crime & Public Safety



Santa Cruz County Sheriffs (List)

Name Dates of Service Birth Date & Place Death Date & Place
Francisco Alzina 4/4/1850 to 10/3/1853 11/30/1821
(Minorca, Spain)
4/29/1887
(Santa Cruz, CA)
Leander G. Caldwell 10/3/1853 to 10/1/1855 1812
(Pennsylvania)
10/10/1859
(Soquel, CA)
Orville K. Stampley 10/1/1855 to 10/5/1857 1/5/1824
(Jefferson Co, MI)
1/30/1905
(Oakland, CA)
John T. Porter 10/5/1857 to 10/1/1861 1830
(Duxbury, MA)
2/13/1900
(Watsonville, CA)
Charles Kemp 10/1/1861 to 10/5/1863 1824
(Groton, MA)
1867 (MA)
Ambrose Calderwood 10/5/1863 to 10/2/1865 6/26/1836
(Brunswick, ME)
7/31/1889
(Santa Rosa, CA)
Albert Jones 10/2/1865 to 10/7/1867 1829
(Kennebec Co., ME)
1908
(Cambria, CA)
Charles H. Lincoln 10/7/1867 to 10/4/1869 12/6/1839
(Lincoln Co., ME)
9/6/1909
(Santa Cruz, CA)
Almus L. Rountree 10/4/1869 to 10/2/1871 10/28/1828
(Memphis, TN)
1/25/1891
(Felton, CA)
Robert Orton 10/2/1871 to 10/6/1879 March 23, 1834
(Genesee Co., NY)
5/21/1901
(died: Watsonville, CA
buried: Ventura, CA)
Elmer Dakan 10/6/1879 to 1/7/1889 1833
(Virginia)
12/2/1889
(Soquel, CA)
Alfred J. Jennings 1/7/1889 to 1/2/1893 3/31/1831
(London, England)
12/24/1924
(Saratoga, CA)
Jesse Cope 1/2/1893 to 1/7/1895 1847
(Missouri)
7/28/1901
(Santa Cruz, CA)
Milton Besse 1/7/1895 to 1/5/1903 11/4/1862
(Pescadero, CA)
10/8/1926
(San Jose, CA)
Howard V. Trafton 1/5/1903 to 9/5/1925 6/11/1871
(Watsonville, CA)
9/5/1925
(Aptos, CA)
Killed in line of duty
James B. Holohan 9/8/1925 to 9/1/1927
Resigned to accept wardenship
at San Quentin
6/18/1871
(Watsonville, CA)
1/31/1947
(Watsonville, CA)
Nicholas P. Sinnott 9/1/1927 to 1/5/1931
Appointed to complete
Holahan's term
4/30/1874
(Mountain View, CA)
8/7/1935
(Felton, CA)
Arthur T. Dresser 1/5/1931 to 1/7/1935 10/20/1865
(San Jose, CA)
10/6/1948
(Watsonville, CA)
John R. Devitt 1/7/1935 to 1/3/1955 1893
(Felton, CA)
1/1/1957
(San Francisco, CA)
Wallace P. "Bud" Hendrick 1/3/1955 to 1/4/1959 3/30/1889
(Arroyo Seco, CA)
9/10/1975
(Santa Cruz, CA)
Douglas B. James 1/5/1959 to 1/6/1975 6/25/1925
(Pasadena, CA)
3/16/1990
(Santa Cruz, CA)
Alfred F. Noren 1/6/1975 to 12/24/1994 12/10/1935
(Santa Cruz, CA)
 
Mark S. Tracy 12/24/1994 to 12/1/2004
Resigned before end of term
   
Steven D. Robbins 12/2/2004 to 5/2009
Appointed to complete Tracy's term
Elected to full term June 2006
Retired in May 2009
   
Phil Wowak 5/2009 to present
Appointed to complete Robbins' term
Elected to full term June 2010
   

 


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