Border of Arizona and Mexico

Sheriff Paul Babeu

Pinal County Sheriff's Office

Pinal County

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Sheriff Paul Babeu, President of the Arizona Sheriff’s Association and the National Sheriff of the Year, is Arizona’s youngest Sheriff and leads the third largest Sheriff’s Office in the state with 700 full-time employees. Sheriff Babeu won his first term in a landslide election victory in 2008 over the incumbent Sheriff. He has earned statewide attention with his outspoken stances against photo-enforcement cameras and illegal immigration.

Sheriff Babeu has also been named by the media as “One of America’s Top Ten Toughest Sheriff’s on Immigration.” He earned this distinction because of his outspokenness and actions to secure our southern border. Pinal County is the “Number One Pass Through County in All of America” for drug and human trafficking. Sheriff Babeu has brought a heavy hand of enforcement to this region and his worked to disrupt, dismantle and destroy cartel activities. He also assisted Senator McCain and Kyl with the “10-Point Border Security Plan.”

In 2009, Sheriff Babeu fully reorganized the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office by replacing the entire command leadership and has since implemented strict employee standards, improved training, reduced emergency response times and has aggressively sought and been awarded nearly $7 million in grants. Sheriff Babeu also served as a Major in the Arizona Army National Guard. During his tenure he served a tour in Iraq and spent 16 months deployed in Arizona as a Commander with Operation Jump Start (OJS), Southwest Border Mission. Sheriff Babeu started his service as a Private/E-2 and rose through the ranks to Major. In September 2010 he retired with over 20 years of service in the Army National Guard.

Sheriff Babeu started his law enforcement career as a Police Officer for the City of Chandler, AZ. He graduated from the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy as the #1 overall police recruit and voted by his fellow officers as the class exemplary officer. Sheriff Babeu has been awarded two Life Saving Medals in the performance of his duties as a Patrolman. Sheriff Babeu served as the Police Union President for the Chandler Police Department and on the board of directors for the Arizona Police Association. He currently serves on the NOVA Board and is active with numerous military, civic and community groups within Pinal County and across the state.

Sheriff Babeu is originally from Massachusetts, where he served as Headmaster & Executive Director of DeSisto Private Boarding School. He was frequently recognized for his effectiveness in personnel management and fiscal abilities. He also served in local government as a city council member and four years as Berkshire County Commissioner.

Sheriff Babeu’s education includes an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, Bachelor’s Degree in History/Political Science and a Master of Public Administration, Suma Cum Laude.