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Adam Christianson
Sheriff–Coroner–Public Administrator
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
250 E. Hackett Rd, Modesto, CA 95358

Office: (209) 567-4468
Executive Assistant,
Carla Teas: (209) 525-7015



Sheriff Adam Christianson began his career in public safety, graduating from San Joaquin Delta College with a certification in Paramedicine and worked as a paramedic in Stanislaus County for several years including work as a flight paramedic for Medi-Flight of Northern California.

Sheriff Christianson started his law enforcement career with the Ceres Police Department and also worked for the Modesto Police Department before joining the Sheriff’s Department in 1996. He has worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, the Reservoir Unit, K9 handler and K9 Unit Supervisor, Bailiff, Field Training Officer, Hi-Tech Crimes Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant.

The Sheriff has a BA degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University, graduating in 2006. He is also a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Course, the POST Executive Development Course, West Point Leadership in Police Organizations and has an Executive Certificate from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Adam Christianson was sworn into office as Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator on July 11, 2006 and after being re-elected in June, 2010, Sheriff Christianson was sworn into office for another four-year term on January 4, 2011.

Sheriff Christianson is a member of and participates in the following:

  • Airborne Law Enforcement Association
  • California Peace Officers’ Association
  • California State Coroners’ Association
  • California State Sheriffs’ Association - Board of Directors and Sergeant at Arms
  • California State Sheriffs’ Association - Information Technology Committee
  • California State Sheriffs’ Association - Legislation Committee
  • California State Sheriffs’ Association - Political Action Committee
  • California State University, Stanislaus - Criminal Justice Advisory Board
  • California Statewide Data Sharing Task Force
  • California Statewide Hi-Tech Crimes Advisory Committee
  • California Emergency Management Agency, Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee Co-Chair
  • California's Emergency Medical Services Authority - Director's Advisory Group
  • Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area - Executive Board
  • Central Valley Gang Impact Task Force
  • Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force Co-Chair
  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California
  • Hispanic Leadership Council
  • Paradise South Weed & Seed
  • Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force - Steering Committee
  • Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force
  • Stanislaus County Children's Council
  • Stanislaus County Drug Court Advisory Group
  • Stanislaus County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
  • Stanislaus County Law Enforcement Executives Association Member (2008 President)
  • Stanislaus County Methamphetamine Task Force
  • Stanislaus County Police Activities League - Board Member
  • Stanislaus Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance
  • Stanislaus Regional 911 Advisory Board Member
  • Stanislaus Regional 911 Joint Powers Agency Commission Member
  • The Salvation Army Modesto Citadel Advisory Board
  • United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California - Executive Committee
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