GCSO Command Staff


Chief Deputy Michael L. Johnson
(Undersheriff Johnson) DP1_5524adj Chief Deputy Johnson is a native of Gila County and a 1987 graduate of Globe High School.  Mike is a 30-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 and is now serving as the Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy. 

Chief Johnson's responsibilities include ensuring cooperative coordination of  all bureau operations and services, 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 Matthew Binney
 MBinneyR Promoted to Undersheriff just before Christmas, 2020, Undersheriff Matt Binney is third in command of the Sheriff’s Office and directly in charge of the Patrol Bureau, overseeing patrol activity throughout the unincorporated areas of Gila County, enforcing laws and preventing crime. Divisions he will oversee include Patrol, K-9 Units, Lake Patrol, 911 Communications, School Resource Officers (SRO) and Volunteer Programs. A decorated US Army Special Forces veteran who achieved graduate degrees with high honors following military service, Binney’s leadership skill propelled him quickly into command since he began as a Gila County Sheriff’s Deputy in 2015. 

“Eight years of military service -- during which Matt was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart;  his pursuit of higher education, and what he has accomplished in just over five years in law enforcement -- with all this Matt has proven he has the experience, education and leadership for his new role in our command staff,” said Sheriff Adam Shepherd.

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Commander Travis Baxley (represented by K-9 Officer Miklo)
Miklo Hired in 1990, Commander Baxley has moved up through the ranks to his current position in charge of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Commander Baxley's responsibilities include daily oversight of the Criminal Investigations Unit, the Drugs, Gang & Violent Crimes Task Force and the K-9 Unit.



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.   Tim continued his education and graduated from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in 2009.

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.
Lt. Virgil Dodd    
vdodd Lt. Dodd was first employed with the Sheriff's Office in 2002 as a Detention Officer.  In 2004 he attended the police academy through Central Arizona College and transferred to the Patrol Bureau after graduation.  His hard work and dedication furthered his career in 2010 when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and again in 2018 when he became Lieutenant over Patrol's southern district.  Virgil  continued to further his education in public safety by becoming a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy in 2019. 

Patrol Commander Lieutenant Dodd'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. Erich Kenney    
EKenney-r 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 Houston 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.
Lt. Jared Osborn    
 JOsborn Lt. Osborn began his career in with the Sheriff's Office 2004 and graduated from Detention Academy in 2005.   Jared  worked as a Detention Officer and Court Officer until he promoted to Sergeant in 2007.  In 2018 he was promoted to Lieutenant and continues to enhance his education in Jail documentation and reporting procedures.  In 2019 Lt. Osborn earned his user certification for the Jail module of the Sheriff's record management system.

Detention Officer Lieutenant Osborn's responsibilities include ensuring the safe and effective daily operations of the Globe Jail Facility.  He coordinates with clergy or contractors that work in and around the facility, provides response and and analysis for emergent events, and maintains oversite for agency compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines of jail and inmate management.

Lt. Dennis Newman  
 DNewman Lt. Newman began his law enforcement career after leaving the military and joining Chandler Police Department, where he spent 20 years.  In 2002 he was recruited by the Gila County Sheriff's office.  During his service to the citizens of Gila County Dennis has managed regular patrol duties and made himself available for many 'other duties as assigned', including Field Training Officer, K-9 Handler and Search and Rescue Coordinator, for which he was awarded the Don Hornecker Coordinator of the Year award in 2019.  His promotion to Lieutenant in 2020 was the result of proven leadership skills and an ability to communicate and cooperate with people in many diverse situations.

Lieutenant Newman's responsibilities include evaluating Detention processes and standards, training to ensure new and established policies and procedures are followed and engaging employees through communication and cooperation.