Sheriff Michael L. Johnson

Sheriff Michael L. Johnson

Sheriff Michael L. Johnson
Sheriff Michael L. Johnson was born and raised in Gilroy, CA.  He originally worked at a lumber mill in Gilroy, and then later building/remodeling custom homes as carpenter.  A couple years after working in the trade he decided to return to school.  He completed his general college education through night school while employed full time at the lumber mill.  Mike was accepted to Humboldt State University in 1991 and moved to Eureka, CA, to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree.  In 1994 he took a leave of absence from HSU to attend the California Department of Fish and Game (POST-certified) peace officer academy in Napa, CA.  After successfully completing the academy, he returned to HSU and completed his BS degree in Wildlife Management.

 

Mike went to work for the Eureka Police Department 1996 as a patrol officer.  He held several specialty positions throughout his law enforcement career, including Evidence Technician, Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Narcotics, K9 Handler, and SWAT.  Mike has been awarded the Region VIII California Narcotics Officer of the Year award.  He was a Drug Recognition Expert instructor, teaching course all across the state including at the CHP academy in Sacramento, CA. Mike also holds California POST Certificates for Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory and Executive.

In July of 2007 Mike attended the FBI National Academy (FBINA).  Shortly after graduating from the FBINA, Mike accepted a position as Chief of Police for the small prison-affiliated City of Ione (Amador County, CA).  He worked as Chief of Police in Ione for five years. In 2012 Mike accepted employment as the Chief of Police for the City of Anderson.  While employed with the City of Anderson, Mike earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.  He was employed as the Chief of the Anderson Police Department for over 9 years. 

On July 27, 2021, Mike was appointed as Shasta County Sheriff.

Mike has been married to his wife Rosemary for 29 years.  They have two sons, a 34-year-old hard working resident of San Diego, CA. and a 24-year-old United States Marine Corp veteran currently residing in Shasta County.  Mike’s favorite hobbies include hunting, fishing, and dog training.