Capt. Tom Gallagher of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office was promoted on May 6 to assistant sheriff.
Mr. Gallagher joins Assistant Sheriff Trisha Sanchez in reporting to Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos. Mr. Gallagher's responsibilities include the jails, jail planning services, court services and technology services, the Sheriff's Office announced.
Ms. Sanchez oversees the patrol bureaus and units engaged with emergency services, homeland security, and narcotics and stolen-vehicle trafficking.
Mr. Gallagher grew up in San Mateo County and graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati. He is a graduate of a Los Angeles Police Department leadership program and has been with the Sheriff's Office for 27 years.
The new position was created in part due to the Sheriff's Office's recent absorption of the San Carlos and Half Moon Bay police departments, and the new jail, the Sheriff's Office said in its announcement.
The Board of Supervisors recently allocated $4.2 million to pay six months of salaries for 57 new jail staff. "In light of this outward expansion, Sheriff Greg Munks is looking to develop an organizational structure best equipped to support the recent growth within our Office," the announcement says.