By Gina Yarbrough
San Diego, CA–San Diego County Sheriff-elect Kelly Martinez announced two executive appointments to the agency.
Assistant Sheriff Rich Williams will serve as Martinez’s second in command. He began his career in 1992 working at various detention facilities. His first patrol assignment was at the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station. He was promoted to sergeant and lieutenant working undercover assignments, as well as supervising staff at courthouses, inmate transportation, patrol stations, personnel, and homicide.
As captain, Williams commanded the Rancho San Diego Station and Criminal Intelligence Unit. He also served as commander of the Detention Services Bureau. His most recent assignment is overseeing the Human Resource and Court Services Bureaus. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Commander Brian Nevins was appointed as the new Assistant Sheriff for the Human Resource and Court Services Bureau. He began his law enforcement career in 1995 working in the jails, training recruits at the academy, as well as patrolling Encinitas and Lemon Grove.
As a sergeant and lieutenant, Nevins supervised undercover units and staff at courthouses and internal affairs. He also served as captain of the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station. His most recent assignment is to oversee the Law Enforcement Services Bureau Patrol Operations. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice Management and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
In announcing the appointments, Sheriff-elect Martinez expressed her appreciation for Sheriff Anthony Ray and his more than three decades of dedicated service to the communities. She also thanked the people of San Diego County for their trust.
“I consider the opportunity to serve as your next Sheriff to be a privilege. I am exceptionally proud of the deputies and staff who contribute to our department. I look forward to serving everyone for the next six years,” says Sheriff-elect Martinez.
In January, Martinez will make history as the first woman to lead the Sheriff’s Department. She has been with the department since 1985.