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County of Madera



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The Madera County Sheriff's Department was formed in 1893, the same year the County of Madera was founded. The county’s first Sheriff, W.H. Thurman, served from 1893 to 1895.

Now serving his first term in Office, Sheriff Jay Varney is the 15th Sheriff to serve Madera County. Sheriff Jay Varney is the Chief Law Enforcement officer and Chief Coroner of Madera County. He is responsible for providing public protection and investigating crimes that occur within the unincorporated areas of Madera County.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Department is divided into three distinct and critical levels, all of which operate under the direction of Sheriff Varney Those sections are: the Valley Division, Mountain Division, and Administrative Division which oversees the offices of records, dispatch, civil process and court security.

The basic tenet of our organization is to provide the best possible service to the public.

We believe citizens of Madera County are entitled to live safe and secure lives, free from the fear of crime, gangs, drugs and violence. To that end, as a primary law enforcement agency, we strive to execute the best and most effective means available to our Department when taking both proactive and protective measures.

We believe that in the event of an emergency or disaster, we are prepared to respond with immediacy; and with continued extensive training, we can minimize loss of life and property.

We believe our Department's stringent, thorough and careful hiring practices, enables us to recruit and manage a staff of fully trained and highly motivated sworn personnel.


To acquaint employees with the philosophy and goals of the Madera County Sheriff's Department.


The Madera County Sheriff’s Department will commit its resources in partnership with the community to:

  • Promote a safe and secure environment, free from crime and the fear of crime.
  • Maintain order and provide for a safe and expeditious flow of traffic.
  • Practice our core values of integrity, respect, service and fairness.

County Mission/Vision Statements

Mission Statement

Madera County's Mission is to serve the public interest in a fiscally responsible manner by providing efficient, cost effective customer service, promoting public health and safety while creating new possibilities with partnerships through a diversified economy.

Vision Statement

Madera County is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, with integrity, and is committed to the highest quality of life for all.

General County Contact

General County Contact
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
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Use this number to get general information about the County or County departments.  

For non-emergency information or service, dial 311