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For Immediate Release

Board of Supervisors Receives Sheriff Freitas’ Retirement Notice, Will Take Immediate Action to Ensure Seamless Transition

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 6, 2017  –  The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors were notified on July 5th that Sheriff Steve Freitas will retire effective August 1, 2017. The office of Sheriff-Coroner is a publicly elected position and Sheriff Freitas’ term was set to expire in December 2018. Assistant Sheriff Rob Giordano will fulfill the duties of the Sheriff until an appointment is made by the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors has the authority to temporarily fill the Sheriff-Coroner position for the remainder of the term of office per Government Code §25304. An appointment will be made at a future Board meeting in open session.  A follow-up press release will be distributed when a Board meeting date has been selected. To sign-up for Board press releases, please visit .

“Sheriff Freitas has dutifully served our community over the past six and a half years,” said Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “I applaud Sheriff Freitas for his leadership, adaptability and thoughtful management of law enforcement services for our community.  Our Board will take swift action to ensure a smooth and seamless transition occurs.”

Supervisor David Rabbitt said, “I thank Sheriff Freitas for his dedicated service to our community. He was able to balance the many needs of our diverse and growing community. I wish him and his family well in his retirement and look forward to working with the Sheriff’s Office to continue providing superior law enforcement services.”

To view the official retirement statement from Sheriff Freitas, please go to

To learn more about Assistant Sheriff Giordano, please visit


Contact Information

County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive
Room 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464626, -122.725441