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Sacramento CountyCandidate for Sheriff

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Jim Cooper

Legislator/Peace Officer
168,374 votes (54.46%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Homelessness is the top priority. The sheriff has a lot of authority to deal with criminal activity created by homelessness. I believe in compassionate accountability and will work with other elected leaders and businesses to solve the problem.
  • Violent crime is on the increase in Sacramento and is becoming a crisis. In the legislature I have authored over 30 bills that deal directly with holding criminals accountable. I will bring that experience with me to Sacramento.
  • The issue of blight in our neighborhoods and our shopping areas must be addressed. I have been endorsed by most of the mayors and the Metro Chamber because they think I'm the right candidate to fix the problem.



Profession:Assemblymember/Peace Officer
Assembly member, Assembly District 9 — Elected position (2015–current)
Retired Sheriffs Captain, Sacramento County (1985–2015)
Mayor/Citycouncilmember of Elk Grove, City of Elk Grove — Elected position (2000–2015)


St. Mary's College Master of Art, Organizational Behavior (2004)

Community Activities

Member, Firefighters Burn Institute (2015–current)
Advisory Board Member, Children's Receiving Home (2010–2013)
Board of Directors, WIND Youth Services (2004–2007)
Board of Directors, Big Brothers and Sisters (2000–2003)


As candidate for Sacramento County Sheriff, my law enforcement, political and policy experience as well as the relationships and support from local and State elected’s makes me the best choice.  I have received the endorsements of three out of five of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, and the endorsement from the Mayors of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.  Having a strong relationship with the District Attorney’s Office, also has afforded me the endorsement of Anne Marie Schubert.  With the experience I gained in 30 years of law enforcement, as Mayor/Councilmember in Elk Grove for 15 years, and as an Assemblyman for the last 8 years, this sets me apart from my opponent.  


I have lived in Sacramento my entire life.  I spent 30 years serving with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.  I spent 15 years serving the city of Elk Grove as a Mayor/Councilmember.  I have spent the last 8 years serving the citizens of Sacramento County as an Assemblyman in District 09.  


My time with the Sheriff’s Office is highlighted as an undercover narcotics/gang detective, the Sheriff’s Public Information Officer and as a Sheriff’s Captain, where I commanded every Division in the Department.  Those commands include patrol, investigations, corrections, technology and administration.  


I have a long history with being involved with community-based, non-profits in Sacramento.  They include: Big Brothers and Sisters Board of Directors, WIND Youth Services, Board of Directors, Children’s Receiving Home, Advisory Board Member, Firefighters Burn Institute, Honorary Member, California Breeze Fast Pitch Softball, Assistant General Manager and Coach.  For the last 7 years I have held an Annual Turkey Giveaway and Annual Back to School Backpack Giveaway providing 3,000 turkeys and backpacks each year for underserved Sacramento Communities.   I plan on continuing these annual events as Sheriff.


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • Crime Victims United
  • California Professional Firefighters
  • Crime Survivors Resource Center PAC

Elected Officials (2)

  • District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert
  • Mayor of Elk Grove, Bobbie Singh-Allen

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The last 8 years, I’ve had the pleasure of serving in the Assembly.  I am a pro-public safety, pro-victim and pro-business Legislator.  I have been a primary member of the California New Democrats (Moderate Democrats) throughout my time in the Legislature.   I currently serve as Chair of the Assembly Committees on Public Employee and Retirement Systems and previously served as Chair of the Assembly Budget (Sub 4). 


Furthermore, I am the Chair of the Assembly’s Select Committee on Law Enforcement and Community Relations and Responsibilities.  I serve on the Assembly State Budget, Insurance and Government Organization Committees. I also serve on Assembly Select Committees of California’s Clean Energy Economy, Cybersecurity, Native American Affairs, Victims of Interpersonal Violence, Technology and the Future of California’s Agricultural Workforce, Veteran Employment and Education, and Wine.


In my time as an Assemblymember, I am proud to have received Legislator of the Year status from the California Grocers Association, California District Attorneys Association, California Police Chiefs Association, California Narcotics Officers Association, California Cannabis Industry Association and State Coalition of Probation Organizations.  


My work in public safety and victims’ rights has earned me the name as the “Cop at the Capitol".


Position Papers



Homelessness is the top priority because it impacts every aspect of quality of life for every Sacramento County citizen.

Homelessness is the top priority because it impacts every aspect of quality of life for every Sacramento County citizen. The homeless crisis is impacting literally every part of the quality of life for the citizens and businesses in Sacramento County.  I strongly believe the current Sheriff’s leadership is not doing remotely enough to help solve the problem. This starts with building stronger relationships with local elected’s, businesses and non-profits.  The Office of Sheriff has immense authority to impact the quality of life for all citizens and businesses and I believe that authority is being underused in Sacramento County.  I don’t believe there is enough focus on mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction as a cause of homelessness.   Mental illness and addiction can impede an individual’s ability to accept help and in some cases is the core reason behind criminal activity and blight caused by the homeless problem. As Sheriff, I will implement a model of compassionate accountability.  This will include advocating for the restoration of Sacramento Mental Health Services, much of which was lost in the last recession.  I will devote resources that will assist in compelling those who refuse mental health and addiction services to accept it.  I believe that getting people on their feet, thinking clearly and functional is the right solution. 

Serial Theft


Serial theft is killing business. It especially impacts our small and middle sized community-based businesses and has actually forced some of them to close, hurting mom and pop businesses in Sacramento.

Serial Theft is killing business.  Those who engage in serial theft and organized retail theft feel emboldened.  Because of recent ballot measures a person can steal up to $950.00 multiple times a day and it’s still a misdemeanor.  This crisis goes far beyond just the lack of accountability on serial thieves, it affects the quality of life in our neighborhoods, hurts small businesses and can affect inflation which hurts those who are living paycheck-to-paycheck.  I also understand it impacts the shopping experience which can lead to more online shopping.  Unfortunately, the best path to change this is taking it back to the voters.  I tried this in 2018 and as Sheriff will continue those efforts.  As a subject matter expert on this issue, I believe there are still things that can be done at the local level, even with the restraints from existing law.  I will coordinate with the District Attorney and use the Sheriff’s Offices resources to bring the best cases, on the worse offenders, to the District Attorney to make their job of prosecution easier. I will continue to be engaged in the Legislature.  I will have the ability and access to work with the Legislature and Governor’s Office as the Sheriff for the Capital City.  I have a robust, government relations plan that I will implement immediately. 

Violent Crime


Violent Crime is on the increase in Sacramento; becoming a crisis. It particularly has impacted women and children through increase acts of crime like domestic violence and human trafficking.

Violent Crime is on the increase in Sacramento. There are many factors that play a role in this, such as lack of mental health services, COVID and the recent changes in public safety laws.  In my 8 years in the Assembly, I have taken a position of being pro-victim and holding those who commit violent crime accountable.  My position on this was never more apparent when I was the face of Proposition 20 (2020).  I do believe some reform is good and necessary but we have gone too far, at the expense of victims.  Current California law classifies some crimes like drugging and raping a person, sexually trafficking children, drive by shooting and domestic violence as non-violent crimes.  As such, it allows persons convicted of these crimes eligible for very early release from prison. On top of this, when “high-risk” parolees are released, they are not accounted for.  This is why, this year, I have authored the Kate Tibbitts Act of 2022. This proposed law will require all high-risk parolees like murderers, rapists and child molesters be held accountable when they do not report to their parole officer.  Something that is not happening now.  As your Sheriff, I will continue fighting to change this loophole so we don’t accept more vulnerable victims simply as collateral damage. Locally, I will be directly engaged with State Parole and County Probation.  I will look for mutual task force opportunities that I we can devote resources to.  Those resources, financial or work-force power will be engaged in keeping an eye on the most dangerous, but also for robust rehabilitation and youth services programs.  



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