Kelly Martinez is the first female Undersheriff in the history of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and would be the first female Sheriff. She will bring a wealth of experience and common sense law enforcement strategies to the job.

As second in command in the Sheriff’s office, Kelly has already implemented major reforms with a strong focus on transparency. She believes the community needs to know how the Sheriff’s Department operates in order to have confidence that all communities are being served fairly. Public safety begins in the communities the Sheriff’s Department is responsible for keeping safe, and strong relationships are the foundation for success.

Kelly has spent her entire law enforcement career in San Diego County and knows the communities she serves. She began as a deputy sheriff in 1985 and has worked her way through the ranks, serving as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Commander, Assistant Sheriff, and now Undersheriff.

In her current role she oversees the Department’s budget of more than a billion dollars, 4,600 authorized employees, 21 patrol stations and substations, seven detentions facilities, seven Superior Court facilities and the related Civil Division, a nationally accredited Crime Laboratory, and other functions necessary to provide for public safety throughout San Diego County.