Jose Salcido has been preparing to be your next Sheriff for his entire life.

Law Enforcement and Professional Service:

Jose served in the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department for 32 years where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant.  He patrolled our streets, worked in our jails, was a homicide detective, and served as Assistant Division Commander over the Jails Administration Division.  He was a Watch Commander in the Patrol Division and managed the Records Division.  Jose earned the Top Management Award from the California Golden Badge Foundation and was elected valedictorian of the Sheriff’s Office Leadership Development Course.

Upon his retirement from the Sheriff’s Department, Salcido joined then Mayor Chuck Reed as a Senior Policy Advisor specializing in the areas of public safety and neighborhood outreach.  He coordinated the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.  Salcido represented Mayor Reed and the City of San Jose at the Department of Justice National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

Community Service:

Salcido is an active member of our community.  He served as President of the Board of Director’s for the Sacred Heart Community Services Agency for six years, Recording Secretary to the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), Treasurer for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley, and President of the Bellarmine College Prep. Dad’s Club. Currently, Jose is serving as a mentor to a high school senior at James Lick High School through iMentor Bay Area and is a member of the Knights of Columbus supporting St. Christopher’s, St. Lucy’s, St. Mary’s in Los Gatos, Transfiguration and St. Frances Cabrini.


Jose earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Business Management and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from San Jose State University.  He earned a Management Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST) Certificate and has received awards and recognition for his leadership and management abilities by state and local organizations. Jose graduated high school from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Mountain View.

Family and Personal:

Jose and his wife Mary have been married for 38 years, They have two sons, Declan and Conor, and have lived in the Willow Glen area of San Jose since 1984.

Jose enjoys golf, family time, and working with at risk youth in our community.