madera sherriff's department logoThe Madera County Sheriff's Department was formed in 1893, the same year the County of Madera was founded. The county’s first Sheriff, W.H. Thurman, served from 1893 to 1895.

Now serving his first term in Office, Sheriff Jay Varney is the 15th Sheriff to serve Madera County. Sheriff Jay Varney is the Chief Law Enforcement officer and Chief Coroner of Madera County. He is responsible for providing public protection and investigating crimes that occur within the unincorporated areas of Madera County.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Department is divided into four distinct divisions which operate under the direction of Sheriff Varney. Those divisions are the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, Administrative Division and Professional Standards Division. 

Mission Statement

The Madera County Sheriff's Office mission is to actively partner with the community to provide superior service, promote safety, maintain order, and uphold the Constitution.  


We aspire to be a premier law enforcement agency that provides excellent service to our community by increasing resources, utilizing the latest technology coupled with a proactive, innovative approach.  


  • Integrity – Integrity is the hallmark of the Sheriff’s Office and we are committed to the highest performance standards, ethical conduct, and truthfulness in all relationships. We hold ourselves accountable for our actions and take pride in a professional level of service with fairness and consideration to all.
  • Respect – We treat all persons in a dignified and courteous manner, and exhibit understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity, both in our professional and personal endeavors. We are committed to upholding the principles and values embodied in the constitutions of United States and the State of California.
  • Service – We provide innovative, quality service in a courteous, compassionate, efficient, and accessible manner.
  • Partnerships – Developing relationships with community members and other agencies to continually improve our level of service.

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