Assistant Sheriff Jim Naugle
Jim was born and raised in Petaluma. After graduating from Petaluma High School, Jim attended the University of California at Davis where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Biology and Management. In January of 1998, Jim was hired as a Police Officer for the City of Novato where he worked patrol and was a Defensive Tactics Instructor and SWAT Team member.
In July of 2001, he was hired by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. During his time as a deputy, Jim has worked various assignments at the Sheriff’s Office. Jim worked at the Sonoma Valley Substation, Court Security, participated in a gang enforcement task force, was a Defensive Tactics Instructor, narcotic K9 handler, a Property Crimes Detective, Violent Crimes Detective, and member of the SWAT team.
In October, 2010, Jim was promoted to Sergeant. As a sergeant, Jim has worked at the Russian River Substation, Windsor Police Department, and Internal Affairs. Jim also held assignments as a supervisor for the SWAT Team, Defensive Tactics, Use of Force, and K9 unit.
In September, 2015, Jim was promoted to Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, Jim worked as a Watch Commander overseeing patrol, Use of Force Instructors, the Special Operations Unit, Community Oriented Policing, and the Guerneville substation. Jim then worked in the Professional Standards Bureau, which included Internal Affairs, use of force training and review, and liaison to the county’s law enforcement auditor.
In July of 2018 Jim was promoted to Captain and commanded the Field Services Division.
In April, 2019 Jim was promoted to Assistant Sheriff where he now oversees the Law Enforcement Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Jim currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for The Salvation Army.
Assistant Sheriff Al Vernon
Captain Al Vernon was born at Fort Ord and grew up in Seaside, California. Al has been a member of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office since 1991. Al began his career here as a Civilian Sheriff’s Aide and worked in the Detention Division and the Patrol Civil Bureau. In 1992, Al was promoted to a Correctional Deputy and worked in various positions and specialty assignments in the Detention Division, to include Facility Training Officer and SERT Team Member.
He joined the Law Enforcement Division in 1996 as a Deputy Sheriff and has worked at the Main Sheriff’s Office and the Sonoma Valley substation. Al held collateral assignments such as Canine Handler, Field Training Officer, Tactical Team member, and Violent Crimes Investigator.
Al promoted to Sergeant in 2007. As a Sergeant, his responsibilities included, Main Office Patrol Supervisor, Tactical Team supervisor, and Internal Affairs Investigation Sergeant.
Al promoted to Lieutenant in 2013. He served as a Watch Commander in Field Services. Al’s duties included overseeing Patrol responsibilities in the Larkfield, Roseland, and Santa Rosa areas. He managed several collateral assignments to include the Field Training Program, the Canine Program, the Peer Support Program, the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team, and he had oversight and management responsibilities for the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Program, Mobile Support Team (MST) and the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU).
In 2017, Al was promoted to Captain and oversees the Field Services Division, responsible for Patrol Bureau, Dispatch Bureau, Court Security/Transportation, and the contract cities of Windsor and Sonoma.
As Assistant Sheriff, Al oversees the Detention Division and all Detention related services. The Detention Division of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is comprised of over 300 employees including both sworn and civilian staff as well as numerous community volunteers. Included in the Division are the Main Adult Detention Facility, North County Detention Facility, Inmate Programs, Electronic Monitoring Program, and Court Movement.
In his spare time Al enjoys spending time with his family and assists with coaching high school football.
Law Enforcement Division Field Services Captain Eddie Engram
Eddie grew up in Union City, California, graduating from James Logan High School. After graduating, he attended Eastern Michigan University and Cal State Hayward. Eddie began his law enforcement career as a correctional officer with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. In 2001, he promoted to Deputy Sheriff.
In October of 2002, Eddie joined the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. As a Deputy Sheriff II, he was assigned to the Main Office, the Valley Substation, and the Sonoma Police Department. Eddie served two stints as a Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Detective, from 2006-2009 and again in 2014, before he promoted to Sergeant. As a deputy, Eddie served as an Explorer Advisor, a member of the Hostage Negotiations Team, a Defensive Tactics Instructor, a Firearms Instructor, and a Field Training Officer.
In 2014, Eddie was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As a sergeant, Eddie worked at the Main Office and in the Internal Affairs unit. He also held collateral assignments as a supervisor with the Hostage Negotiations Team, Crisis Intervention Training program, the Explorer Program, Defensive Tactics, and the Body Worn Camera program.
In 2017, Eddie promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, Eddie worked as a Watch Commander overseeing patrol. In 2018, Eddie moved to the Professional Standards Bureau, which included Internal Affairs, use of force training and review, and liaison to the county’s law enforcement auditor.
Eddie is a recipient of the Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Service Award and a Gold Medal of Valor. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management.
Eddie was promoted to Captain in April, 2019 and now oversees the Field Services Division of the Sheriff’s Office.
Law Enforcement Administrative Captain Darin Dougherty
Captain Darin Dougherty was born and raised in Ukiah. After graduating from Ukiah High School, Darin served in the United States Marine Corps from 1992 to 1996. In April of 1996, Darin was hired as a police officer for the City of Alexandria, Virginia where he worked in patrol, the Community Oriented Policing Unit, as a firearms instructor, in the Honor Guard, as an FTO, as a SWAT team member, and promoted to sergeant. He also earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
In July of 2004, Darin was hired by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. During his time as a deputy, he worked various assignments including the main office, Sonoma Valley substation, court security, as a firearms instructor, a CSI detective, and a SWAT team member.
In April 2009, Darin was promoted to sergeant and worked at the Sonoma Valley Substation, Sonoma Police Department, and the Internal Affairs Unit. Darin also held assignments as a supervisor for the SWAT team and Firearms Instructor Unit.
Darin was promoted to Lieutenant in August 2014. As a Lieutenant, Darin oversaw patrol, Use of Force Instructors, the Special Operations Unit, the Community Oriented Policing unit, and the Guerneville substation. Darin then worked in the Personnel Bureau until his promotion to Captain in October of 2018. Darin now oversees the Special Services Division and is responsible for Personnel, Professional Standards, and Investigations.
Detention Division Administrative Captain John Naiman
John has been employed with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office since February 1995. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, he honorably served in the military. As a Correctional Deputy, John held many collateral assignments, including Facility Training Officer, Classification Deputy, and Specialized Emergency Response Team member. John was promoted to Correctional Sergeant in 2002 and held Specialty Collaterals such as Specialized Emergency Response Team Supervisor and Internal Affairs Investigator.
John also served as the Manager for the Detention Divisions Specialized Emergency Response Team, and Crisis Negotiating Team.
As Captain, John oversees various components of the Detention Division Administration.
Detention Division Operations Captain Mazen Awad
Correctional Captain Mazen Awad started his corrections career in 1994 at the Napa County Department of Corrections. In February of 1996, Mazen joined the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Officer where he worked many assignments to include FTO and Classification Officer. In June of 2001, Mazen promoted to the rank of Correctional Sergeant. As a sergeant, Mazen held the positions of FTO Sergeant and later Internal Affairs Investigator.
In June of 2007, Mazen promoted to the rank of Correctional Lieutenant. During this nine year period, Mazen worked as a Swing Shift Watch Commander, managed Support Services Operations and more recently managed the Classification Unit, Inmate Programs, Pre-Trial Release and Electronic Monitoring programs. .
As Captain, Mazen oversees various components of the Detention Division Operations at both detention facilities.
Administrative Services Director Heidi Keith
Heidi Keith is a long-standing County and Sheriff’s Office employee whose career has exposed her to all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office operations.
Heidi graduated locally from Montgomery High School. She attended California State University, Chico where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Speech Communication. Heidi went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration from USC’s School of Public Policy, Planning, and Development. She started her public sector career while in college where she worked for several elected State officials including Governor Deukmejian. Before joining the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Heidi worked for several cities, including the City of Roseville for 8 years. During her 8 years with the City of Roseville, Heidi worked as an Analyst for the City Manager and later was promoted to the position of Transportation Manager in the Public Works Department.
After returning to Santa Rosa in 1997, Heidi secured the position of Department Analyst for the Sheriff’s Office. Heidi spent several years working directly with law enforcement and detention operations staff before being promoted to Administrative Services Officer (ASO). She held the ASO position for 7 years where her main responsibility was the overall development and management of the Sheriff’s Office budget, contract administration, and grant management. Heidi was promoted to Administrative Services Director in 2012. During her tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Heidi has been involved with all of the administrative and fiscal aspects of both the Law Enforcement and Detention Divisions including all twenty one Sheriff’s operating bureaus.