Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto announced Friday he is running unopposed in this year’s election, which will mark his fifth term in office and 45th year in law enforcement.
Prieto, 70, served 30 years with the California Highway Patrol before being elected sheriff in 1998. He is the longest-tenured sheriff in the county’s history since Sheriff Forrest Monroe ended 32 years of service in 1971.
Under Prieto’s leadership, the Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in patrol deputies, enhanced training for staff, standardized uniforms, redesigned vehicles, modernization of law enforcement computer systems and the equipment of all patrol vehicles with video cameras and computers.
Prieto also noted the creation of the town hall meetings program, the off-highway vehicle enforcement program and the Ag Theft Task Force, which has become the statewide model and has brought agricultural crimes to a near halt in Yolo County.