The history of law enforcement in Colusa County dates back to the Monroe House and John F. Willis, the first appointed sheriff for Colusi County on February 18, 1851. Colusi County name was later changed to Colusa County in 1856.
On January 5, 2015, the Honorable Jeffrey A. Thompson administered the Oath of Office for Colusa County Sheriff-Coroner, Joe Garofalo.
Sheriff Garofalo is the 29th person elected to serve as the Sheriff‐Coroner of Colusa County.
The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office is full service public safety agency operating within the Sacramento River Valley and is responsible for operating the consolidated Primary Safety Answering Point, investigations, boating safety, Narcotics Task Force, school resource, search and rescue, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Sacramento, Sheriff Garofalo returned to Colusa County and became a Correctional Officer.
While working full‐time, he attended the Yuba Police Academy on nights and weekends to become a Deputy Sheriff. As a Deputy Sheriff, he accepted several assignments, including Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, and S.W.A.T. team.
Since 2007, Sheriff Garofalo has served as a Sergeant where he has supervised numerous facets of the Department, including patrol, communications, training, and the Office of Emergency Services.
For nearly twenty years, Sheriff Garofalo has been working to protect the region’s youth, residents, and business owners against criminals. His commitment to his family and to the community is what led him to community service and drives him to give back to the community both on and off the job.
As Sheriff, Garofalo will look forward to increasing efficiency within the department, reinstate meaningful youth programs, and crack down on rural and agricultural crime.
Sheriff Garofalo is married to his wife Nichole and have three children, Josie, Nicolas and Nate.