Former Narcotics Task Force Commander Mike Bradwell was promoted last week to the second highest position at the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Joe Garofalo swore Bradwell in as assistant sheriff on Aug. 1 to fill the vacancy left by Jim Saso, who returned as police chief to the Williams Police Department last April.
Assistant Sheriff Bradwell will be largely responsible for all public safety operations, and will oversee personnel. He will also aid, advise, and cooperate with the Sheriff in general administrative matters and in determining matters of policy.
“I’m looking forward to serving the Sheriff and the community,” Bradwell said his first week on the job.
Bradwell has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since November of 2006, and held numerous positions, including boat patrol deputy, field training officer, sniper team leader, patrol sergeant, and dive team leader.
He also served as leader of the Special Operations and Response Team and was coordinator for Colusa County Search and Rescue.
Bradwell’s appointment came after a vigorous recruitment process. Serving as task force commander for several years, Bradwell came to the job with extensive experience in public relations and dealing with the media, requirements added to the assistant sheriff’s job description by the Colusa County Board of Supervisors after Saso’s departure.
Bradwell has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In 2011, he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, Marine Patrol Officer Course – Tactical.
In 2015, he graduated from the 260th session of the FBI National Academy.
Bradwell, who has been with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years, has received the Distinguished Service Commendation for exceptional service. He also represented the Deputy Sheriff’s Association as president and vice-president for several years. ■