On Dec. 12, Michael Kime announced his intention to run for the position of Madera County sheriff in 2014. As the former chief of the Madera Police Department for 10 years, Kime increased the number of Madera police officers from 10 to 61, and police emergency response times improved. A gang task force was implemented, DUI accidents and alcohol-related fatalities were greatly reduced.
Incidents of graffiti once out of control, were also largely eliminated though a joint police, city and community task force, according to Kime.
Formerly a Lieutenant with the Sacramento Police Department, Kime credits his service in the military and reaching the rank of Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, as being formative.
He has 40-plus years in law enforcement, holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, holds a POST Executive certificate, and has more than 3,000 hours of additional specialized police training. Kime additionally holds a teaching credential and has taught college level courses at various police academies.
Kime retired from Madera County in Oct. 2012. He resides in the city of Madera and is currently engaged in law enforcement consulting.