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Elect Michael Salvador

Elect Michael Salvador

Madera County Sheriff 2014

About | Michael Salvador

I was born in Visalia and moved to Kerman a year later. I grew up in Kerman as the oldest of two boys.

In 1983, I graduated from San Joaquin Memorial. In 1987, I was in Fresno's reserve police academy. I graduated from the police academy in 1988 and became a full time police officer. I was with the Kerman Police Department when I earned my first badge.

I spent the next 5 years in Kerman working in a variety of assignments and, while working, I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Criminology at California State University, Fresno in 1990.

In 1991, I moved to Madera and made it my home. My son Montana was born in 1992.

In 1993, I left the Kerman Police Department as a Sergeant and took a Sergeants Position with the Chowchilla Police Department. In 1995, I was on duty as the watch commander when a tornado hit the city. I coordinated the city's response to the disaster and assisted the city with the FEMA recovery process. The experience gave me a taste of administration and set me on the path that I'm on now.

In 1997 I left the City of Chowchilla and came to work at the Sheriff's office. Over the years I worked on patrol in both in the valley and the mountains. I was promoted to Sergeant in 2000. I supervised patrol shifts in both patrol divisions. In 2003, I was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the newly created Administrative Division. I gained valuable experience in budgeting, grant management, human resources, and project management. I met wonderful people that have influenced me in many ways that I will be forever grateful.

2008, I began to give back to the community. I joined the Kiwanis Club of Greater Madera. I expanded my public service by joining the Madera Rotary Club and, in that same year, I entered the politics by applying earning a seat on the Madera Unified Board of Education as a trustee. This experience has given me valuable policy making experience, expanding my view on issues that go beyond the black and white in the field of law inforcement.

In 2010, I met Wendi Hibbard, the love of my life. In her I find someone with passion, balance, and a sense of focus. We enjoy many things together, but we're often traveling, long distance running and watching football.

I began 2013 with a new life and a new marriage to Wendi. I was promoted to Undersheriff and I've been learning ever since. 2014 is another year with new challenges and, with your help, we can make it a great year for Madera.

Michael's plan to address issues affecting Madera County

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Crime affecting our 2 major industries:
Agriculture and Tourism

a. Agriculture

i. Metal Theft: this is one of Madera County's most significant issues facing the Ag Community. I currently support the efforts in the Legislature to make it harder for metal thieves to profit from their activities. When elected, I will aggressively investigate these crimes adding resources to expand the Agricultural Crimes Investigations unit to allow for the county to be divided into zones. This will allow the investigators to be more effective.

ii. Operation ID: with the downturn in the economy many crime prevention programs had to be shelved to provide basic service to the public. I will bring this one back in an effort to make it easier for the Sheriff's Office to identify stolen property and return it to the rightful owner.

b. Tourism

i. Cartel Marijuana Planting: The Sierra National Forest is Madera County's playground and the source millions of dollars in tourism revenue. It is being threatened by tens of thousands of Marijuana plants being grown by Mexican Drug Cartels. These illicit grows destroy the landscape pollute the water, and threated the safety of the visitors to the area. I will continue the aggressive enforcement and eradication efforts to protect our forests and the safety of our visitors.

The effects of AB109 and gangs

With California releasing thousands of convicted criminals, many of them gang members, the next Sheriff must be equipped to think outside the box. I have been working with Supervisor Farenelli and his Gang Prevention committee to find alternative solutions to a growing problem. Any solution must involve community groups, faith based groups, along with effective directed enforcement. I have the knowledge and experience to bring proven programs to Madera. For the enforcement piece, I will commit a deputy sheriff to the CREW program.

The growth along the 41 corridor

The Ranchos and Rolling Hills are center the next large growth area of the County. There are 4 subdivisions planned for the area with the potential of 40,000 new residents at full build out. I will position the Department for the coming growth by focusing on having the necessary personnel in place to handle the increased calls for service without depleting resources deployed to other areas. This can be done in partnership with the developers managing the projects to increase staffing rather than just building substations.

Enhancing department resources

Due to the Great Recession, the Department has seen its personnel decreased by 14 Deputies. As Undersheriff, I have begun the process of using a variety of funding sources to begin the process of restoring the unfunded positions. As Sheriff I will continue to work with the Board of Supervisors to leverage current funding sources and locating other sources of revenue to fill all unfunded positions by the end of my first term. These personnel will allow us to improve response times, be more proactive, and implement tried and true crime prevention programs. This coordinated effort will allow the Department to keep Madera County one of the safest counties in California.

Homeless population

The amount of homeless in our community is increasing. Poor economic conditions along with concerted enforcement efforts of our neighbors have increased the amount of homeless in the community. The answer to this problem is building partnerships with faith based and community organizations to address root causes of homelessness. For those who choose to be homeless and negatively effect our communities. I will use available statutes to identify the subjects causing the problem and take the appropriate action. I will propose an ordinance to make it illegal to camp on private lands without the permission of the owner.

Personal rights

The Second Amendment is a foundation of our democracy. I am gun owner. I believe that all residents of Madera County with a clean background that wish to have a CCW should be able to get one. My CCW policy will not change. I do not support the current gun control laws going through Sacramento. I believe that there are sufficient laws on the books to prevent gun violence. Lets focus on the people that commit gun violence crimes and not the tool they use.

Improving the way that citizens obtain service

With the emergence of Ecommerce, I plan to expand the Department's web presence. I want our citizens to be able to use technology to obtain information from the department, apply for department services, and apply for CCW's all from their personal computers and or smartphones. For those who do not currently have access to the technology, I plan to deploy this Ecommerce site to the public libraries to improve access.

Improving the department's technology

Madera County has been a leader in the deployment of new technologies. Upgrades in computer equipment, communications equipment, and software have improved the effectiveness of our personnel. I will continue to use emerging technologies to increase efficiency and improve customer service.

To achieve these goals, it will take leadership from not only me as Sheriff, but commitments from the Board of Supervisors and the community to provide the resources necessary. We can do this together!

Endorsement Card

The following form is my digital endorsement card. Please fill it out and look forward to a reply within 24 hours.

Alternatively, you may download my endorsement card (.doc) and mail it to the following address:

Robert Garibay, Treasurer

306 W. Olive Ave.
Madera, CA 93637


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Press Release: Grow Elect's Endorsement

Date: February 10, 2014

Madera County: Michael Salvador for Madera County Sheriff 2014 today announced that Grow Elect, a Political Action Committee that recruits, endorses, trains, and funds Latino Republican candidates for public offices, has endorsed Undersheriff Michael Salvador's candidacy for Madera County Sheriff in the June 2014 primary.

Grow Elect's President made the following statement about Undersheriff Salvador:

"Public safety is essential to all communities of Madera County. Undersheriff Michael Salvador is respected by members of the community and by law enforcement colleagues. He brings extensive law enforcement and technological expertise to continue to lead the Madera County Sheriff's Office into the future. Grow Elect is proud to endorse Michael Salvador for Sheriff as a law enforcement leader for all of Madera County. “ - Ruben Barrales, President, Grow Elect

Michael is proud to have the recognition and support of Grow Elect.

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Sierra Star (1/20/2014)

Press Release

DATE: December 19, 2013

TO: Madera Tribune, Chowchilla News, and Sierra Star

SUBJECT: Election Information for June 3, 2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the qualified electors of the County of Madera, that a Statewide Direct Primary Election will be held Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The following offices are scheduled to appear on that ballot:


  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Controller
  • Attorney General
  • Treasurer
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • Member, State Board of Equalization, District 1
  • United States Senator
  • US Representative in Congress, Districts 4 & 16
  • State Senator, Districts 8 & 12
  • Member of the Assembly, District 5
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction


  • Judge of the Superior Court, Office 1 (LiCalsi)
  • Judge of the Superior Court, Office 2 (Jurkovich)


  • Assessor
  • Auditor-Controller
  • County Clerk-Recorder
  • District Attorney
  • Sheriff-Coroner
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Supervisor, District 1
  • Supervisor, District 2
  • Supervisor, District 5
  • Tax Collector-Treasurer

The following are the filing periods associated with becoming a candidate for the offices listed above:

December 27, 2013 to February 5, 2014i

Signature in lieu of Filing Fee Period – Judicial Candidates

December 27, 2013 to February 20, 2014

Signature in lieu of Filing Fee Period – All Other Candidates

January 27, 2014 to February 5, 2014

Declaration of Intention Period – Judicial Candidates

February 10, 2014 to March 7, 2014

Nomination & Declaration of Candidacy Period – All Candidates

March 8, 2014 to March 12, 2014*

Extended Nomination and Declaration of Candidacy Period

(Extends when Incumbent fails to file. Does not apply to office for which there is no Incumbent)

March 8, 2014 to March 17, 2014*

Period to Submit Arguments For or Against Measures

March 18, 2014 to March 28, 2014

Period to Submit Rebuttals to Arguments For or Against Measures

April 7, 2014 to May 20, 2014

Write-in Candidacy Period

* - indicates date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or Holiday. Filing date moves to next business day.

For more information, contact:
County Clerk-Recorder, Elections Division
: 559-675-7720
: 1-800-435-0509 (toll free)





Date: July 22, 2013

Madera County: Undersheriff Michael Salvador, of Madera, today officially announces his candidacy for Sheriff of Madera County. Four- term incumbent Sheriff John Anderson, who appointed Michael Salvador Undersheriff, has elected to retired when he completes this term.

As the number two person in the Madera County Sheriff's Office, Undersheriff Michael Salvador served 6 years serving with the Kerman Police Department rising to the rank of sergeant. Salvador then spent four years as a sergeant on the Chowchilla police force. He has served sixteen years with the Madera County Sheriffs' Office quickly rising from Deputy Sheriff to Undersheriff.

In addition to his extensive background in public safety, Undersheriff Salvador is also an elected member of the Madera School District Board of Trustees.

He moved to Madera County in 1991 after receiving his degree in Criminology from Fresno State in 1990.

Recently married, Salvador has three children, one of whom now serves in the U.S. Navy.

Sheriff John Anderson said this, “I was proud to promote Michael to Undersheriff to serve as my number one assistant. He has a broad range of experiences within the Department, from frontline in the field police work to administration and modernization of systems and programs. His unique background allowed for that smooth transitions from Deputy Sheriff to Undersheriff.”

Undersheriff Salvador's assignments:

Central Planning Area CALSIEC (California State-wide Emergency Communications Interoperability Committee) chair, Responsible for the coordination of the 7 county Central Valley (Merced-Kern) area's emergency communications and the effective spending of a 5 million dollar Federal Grant (2008-2012)

Voting Member CALSIEC (California State-wide Emergency Communications Interoperability Committee) Responsible for the coordination of emergency communications state-wide and the effective spending of a 50 million dollar Federal Grant (2008-2012)

In announcing his candidacy for Madera County Sheriff, Salvador said, “Sheriff Anderson has provided the people of Madera County a highly professional law enforcement agency. I plan to use my experiences as a platform to take the department to the next level. The Department will continue to be open to the people of Madera County and respond to their safety needs as quickly as possible. I have the training and experience and used those to upgrade the modern technology and systems of the sheriff office. Sheriff Anderson has led us into 21st Century law enforcement. Working with the Deputies, Board of Supervisors and community we will continue meeting law enforcement needs with the most up to date techniques and technology.”

Contact Michael Salvador

: 559.474.2004


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Michael Salvador for Madera County Sheriff 2014

Robert Garibay Treasurer

306 W. Olive Ave.
Madera, CA 93637

Michael Salvador Undersheriff

25742 El Vado Dr.
Madera, CA 93638

FPPC# 1359634

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About Me

I grew up in Kerman as the oldest of two boys. I graduated from San Joaquin Memorial in 1983. In 1987, I went to the reserve police academy in Fresno.

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Major Issues

Crime is hurting our two major industries. By working together, we can use the resources vested in newly elected Sheriff, the Board of Supervisors, and the community to make a difference.

 Michael's Plan

Headline News

February 2014 -- Grow Elect's endorsement! "Public safety is essential to all communities of Madera County. Undersheriff Michael Salvador is respected by members of the community and by law enforcement colleagues."

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June 3, 2014

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