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_Mr    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. 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 - Copy    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. Erich Kenney
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  Lt. Kenney began his career at the Gila County Sheriff's Office as a Detention Officer in 2004, to Corporal in 2006 and Sergeant in 2009.  In 2016 he promoted to his current position as Lieutenant.  He attended the Arizona Detention Academy in 2006 and graduated as top Academic Cadet.  Lt. Kenney is a graduate of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy at Sam Huston State University and is a Certified Basic Instructor.  Through Continuous training he has gained knowledge in Jail legal issues.

Detention Officer Lieutenant Kenney's responsibilities include coordination of training and certification for all detention staff.  Coordinating through resources such as the National Institute of Jail Operations and FEMA, Lt. Kenney ensures compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines and statutes, while also maintaining compliance with all policies and procedures.