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Sheriff’s office veteran to head Sonoma County jail system


Randall Walker, a 21-year veteran of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, has been appointed assistant sheriff in charge of the county jail system and related programs.

In naming him to the post, Sheriff Steve Freitas commended Walker’s work in the detention division, where he has served as a captain since 2007.

Sonoma County Jail.

Freitas praised in particular Walker’s work with community groups dealing with civil rights, diversity and mental illness.

The 46-year-old Pittsburgh native served nine years in the Army prior to joining the county workforce in 1991 as a correctional officer.

He was promoted to sergeant in 1996 and oversaw several programs and units, including the mental health and facility training programs. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2001, playing a key role in forming the jail division’s crisis negotiations team, according to Freitas.

As captain, he oversaw operations at the main jail in Santa Rosa and at the North County Detention Facility near the county airport.

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