The Madera County Department of Corrections was established in 1978 after separating from the Sheriff’s Office. The county jail was originally centrally located in the middle of town in an old facility that was built in the 1890’s. After a jail bond measure was passed, our current facility was built and opened for business in 1988. Today, our department is one of the few jails in the state of California that is not operated by the Sheriff.

 Manuel Perez is the current Chief of the Madera County Department of Corrections. He has been a dedicated employee of the department for 24 years. In 2011 he was given the distinguished honor of being appointed Chief of the department by the board of supervisors.

 Manuel is decorated USMC Desert Storm Veteran. He served in active duty from 1987 to 1991. His distinguished military honors include the Good conduct medal, Combat action ribbon, Southwest Asian medal, Kuwait liberation medal, Navy achievement with combat “V” and Nation defense to name a few.

He knows the importance of keeping the Madera County youth steered in the right direction. Whenever called upon for assistance to help with the youth, he does not hesitate and often give tours to show them the sense of reality for possible bad behaviors.

He is a devoted father and husband of 30 years which has transpired 3 beautiful children and one grandchild.