Sheriff

GCSO Command Staff

Administration

Chief Deputy Johnny Sanchez
Sanchez J    Chief Deputy Sanchez is a native of Arizona and Gila County.  He was born in Miami, graduated from Mesa High School and attended Mesa Community College.  His entered into his law enforcement career in 1973 with the Arizona Highway Patrol / Department of Public Safety.  Before retiring in 2007 his DPS service would include a wide variety of positions and progressive responsibilities including motorcycle patrol officer, instructor, and assignment to DPS Executive Security protecting Governor Bruce Babbitt and his family.  At the end of that assignment he gained additional experience supervising an Auto Theft squad, Fleet Services, a DPS Narcotics and Clandestine Lab Unit, and participating in multi-agency task forces while simultaneously serving 18 years as a SWAT team leader specializing in high risk operations.  In 1995, then Sergeant Sanchez was selected by DEA to travel to Washington D.C. to testify in front of a Congressional Committee dealing with the Methamphetamine problem in the United States.  In 2007 he was hired into the Sheriff’s Office as the Commander of the Narcotics Task Force and in 2013 was appointed to his current position. 

Chief Deputy Sanchez’s responsibilities include coordination of operations, services and program functions of the Sheriff’s Office including ensuring compliance with county policies and procedures and State and Federal Laws.  This position is second in authority of the Sheriff’s Office command structure.
 
Undersheriff Michael L. Johnson
 Johnson M   Undersheriff Johnson is a native of Gila County and a 1987 graduate of Globe High School.  Mike is a 25-year veteran of the Gila County Sheriff's Office, embarking on his career in September 1990 as a Detention Officer.  After graduating from the Eastern Arizona College Reserve Police Academy in 1996, he transferred to the Patrol Bureau as a Deputy Sheriff.  Working with dedication and a commitment to teamwork, Mike earned a promotion to Patrol Sergeant in July 2002 and then to Patrol Lieutenant in December 2006.  Mike was appointed to the position of Undersheriff in October 2013 by Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd.  

Undersheriff Johnson’s responsibilities are to direct the Field Services Bureau which includes Patrol, Dispatch, Investigations, School Resource, Volunteers and Reserves programs.  This position is third in authority of the Sheriff’s Office command structure.

Patrol

Lt. Keith Thompson
 Thompson K   Lt. Thompson has lived in the Globe since 1996 and worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections before graduating from the Eastern Arizona College Reserve Police Academy in 1997.  Keith was hired by the City of Globe as a reserve and became a full time Police Officer in 1999.  In 2001 he was hired by the Gila County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy and was assigned to the Gila County Narcotics Task Force where he earned a promotion to the rank of Sergeant.  In 2005 he was reassigned as a Patrol Supervisor for the Southern District.  Due to his dedicated service, in 2014 he was promoted to his current position of Lieutenant for the Southern District of Gila County.

Patrol Commander Lieutenant Thompson’s responsibilities include managing and supervising day to day operations of assigned staff, coordinating training and addressing internal and external communications issues.
Lt. Timothy K. Scott
Scott  T    Lt. Scott has worked for the Gila County Sheriff's Office since 1993. Starting out as a dispatcher, he gained operational experience until he graduated from the Northland Pioneer College Reserve Academy in 1997 when he was transferred to the Patrol Unit as a Deputy Sheriff. He earned his promotion to Sergeant in 2002 and to Lieutenant in 2006.

Patrol Commander Lieutenant Scott’s responsibilities include managing and supervising day to day operations of assigned staff, coordinating training and addressing internal and external communications issues.

Detention Bureau

Detention Commander Major Justin M. Solberg
Solberg J   Major Solberg began his career at the Gila County Sheriff's Office as a Detention Officer in 2004.  Working his way through the ranks he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and after gaining four and a half years of administrative experience, he was promoted to Captain in 2012.  In 2013 Solberg was promoted to the rank of Major and appointed to the position of Detention Commander.

Major Solberg’s responsibilities include direction of operational and staff activities of the Gila County Detention Centers in Globe and Payson, ensuring compliance with local, state and federal regulations as well as training and development of Detention Staff.
Lt. William H. Carlson
 Carlson S   Lt. Carlson began working at the Gila County Sheriff's Office in 1999 as a Detention Officer.  Within the year he assumed additional responsibilities as Detention Officer/EMT. After gaining valuable experience in this area, he earned several promotions including Detailed Corporal and Sergeant.   In 2008 he was promoted to his current position of Detention Officer Lieutenant based at the Payson Substation.

Detention Officer Lieutenant Carlson’s responsibilities include managing and coordinating the safe custody, care and control of inmates, supervising assigned staff activities and training, and taking appropriate safety measures in compliance with court orders and policies and procedures.
Lt. Christine Duarte
CDuarte copy    Lt. Duarte began her career with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 working part time as a Detention Officer then transferring full time to the position of Classification Officer.  While working in the Classification Division she gained knowledge and experience through appointments to the Gila County Mental Health Committee, the Domestic Violence Committee and the Gila County Drug Court Committee.  Advancement of her career was furthered through promotion as the division’s Administrative Sergeant and in 2013 to Detention Officer Lieutenant after receiving “Supervisor of the Year in the State of Arizona” from the Arizona Detention Association.  Lt. Duarte’s continuing education includes being a recent graduate of the Leadership Program offered by Arizona POST.

Detention Officer Lieutenant Duarte’s responsibilities include oversight of the Classification Division of the Jail Bureau supervising assigned staff activities and training, and taking appropriate safety measures in compliance with court orders and policies and procedures.
Lt. Erich J. Kenney
EKenney   Lt. Kenney began his career at the Gila County Sheriff's Office as a Detention Officer in 2004.  He was promoted in 2006 to Detention Corporal and again in 2009 to Detention Sergeant.  His latest promotion was to Detention Lieutenant in 2016.  He attended the Arizona Detention Academy in 2006 and graduated as the top Academic Cadet. Lt. Kenney is a graduate of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy at Sam Houston State University. He is a Certified Basic Instructor and through various training opportunities has gained knowledge in jail legal issues.

Detention Officer Lieutenant Kenney's responsibilities include coordination of training and certification through FEMA and the National Institute of Jail Operations for all detention staff.  Ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines and statutes and maintaining compliance with all policies and procedures.  He also helps coordinate staff activities and trainings.