Meet Donna

Born and raised in Sacramento with two decades of service.

Early Life

Donna Cox was born in North Sacramento in 1968.  She was raised in a small town, Herald, located in the South County of Sacramento, population 900 at the time.  She attended Arcohe Elementary School, graduated from Galt High School in 1986, and later earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management from the Union Institute and University.

Donna wanted to be a Deputy Sheriff since she was a young girl.  Her father, Ben Cox, served as a deputy for over 35 years on the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department so Donna grew up around numerous deputy sheriffs.

Career Beginnings

At the age of 25, she applied and was accepted into the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Basic Recruit Academy.  She graduated from the academy and was officially sworn into the Department in April of 1995.  Her career began as a deputy at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, where she worked at all facilities within the division for four years.  She was a Jail Training Officer when she rotated to South Patrol.

 

From Canine to Sergeant and Beyond

As a deputy in patrol, Donna was assigned to all districts south of the Sacramento River.  During the time that she was a Field Training Officer, she was hand selected to be a member of the newly incorporated City of Elk Grove’s Police Department as and Officer. Donna’s dedication to the Sheriff’s Department remained so she applied to be a Canine Handler and she was subsequently hired from the top of the list.  She worked patrol for three years as a Canine Handler and she proudly served as a positive role model in the community by conducting numerous canine demonstrations for school age children and during public events.  Due to her continued success, passion and professionalism, she was encouraged by her supervisors and managers to promote to the rank of sergeant.

After a successful promotional process, Donna was promoted to the rank of sergeant in February of 2005.  Donna worked in numerous divisions throughout the Department as a sergeant.  As sergeant in the Communications Division she received a Unit Citation for “Outstanding Team Work” because she helped establish the first Sheriff’s Department Communications Academy.  She was a sergeant in both correctional facilities, Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center and the Main Jail, and served as the acting watch commander when needed.

Donna was also assigned to the Special Operations Division and Central Division as the Canine Detail Supervisor, where she handled a canine partner, Asko.  Donna and Asko excelled together by locating numerous suspects and winning trophies at local canine trials where they competed against outside agency canine handlers.  Donna and Asko were an extremely positive contribution to the community because they were the main partnership to engage in various public demonstrations during the largest budget cuts in the history of the Sheriff’s Department.

22 Years Of Service

During the 2009 budget cuts, Donna was assigned as the patrol sergeant for Central and North Patrol Division, in addition to her current role as sergeant over the Sheriff’s Canine Detail.  Donna accepted this task without reservation and she simultaneously supervised these patrol teams throughout the County.  In this position, she was responsible for managerial duties, such as budget expenditures and litigation related to canine use-of-force allegations.  Donna always treated the deputies and public in a fair and respectful manner.

In 2014, Donna was assigned to the Field Support Service Division as a Crime Scene Investigation Unit Sergeant. Her last year in service she spent assigned to the Main Jail as an administrative sergeant, booking and floor sergeant. After twenty-two years of honorable service, Donna retired on August 24, 2016.

After a little over a year of retirement, Donna has decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming Sheriff of Sacramento County to bring back Justice, Equality and Opportunity for all.

 

Early Life

Donna Cox was born in North Sacramento in 1968.  She was raised in a small town, Herald, located in the South County of Sacramento, population 900 at the time.  She attended Arcohe Elementary School, graduated from Galt High School in 1986, and later earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management from the Union Institute and University.

Donna wanted to be a Deputy Sheriff since she was a young girl.  Her father, Ben Cox, served as a deputy for over 35 years on the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department so Donna grew up around numerous deputy sheriffs.

Career Beginnings

At the age of 25, she applied and was accepted into the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Basic Recruit Academy.  She graduated from the academy and was officially sworn into the Department in April of 1995.  Her career began as a deputy at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, where she worked at all facilities within the division for four years.  She was a Jail Training Officer when she rotated to South Patrol.

 

From Canine to Sergeant and Beyond

As a deputy in patrol, Donna was assigned to all districts south of the Sacramento River.  During the time that she was a Field Training Officer, she was hand selected to be a member of the newly incorporated City of Elk Grove’s Police Department as and Officer. Donna’s dedication to the Sheriff’s Department remained so she applied to be a Canine Handler and she was subsequently hired from the top of the list.  She worked patrol for three years as a Canine Handler and she proudly served as a positive role model in the community by conducting numerous canine demonstrations for school age children and during public events.  Due to her continued success, passion and professionalism, she was encouraged by her supervisors and managers to promote to the rank of sergeant.

After a successful promotional process, Donna was promoted to the rank of sergeant in February of 2005.  Donna worked in numerous divisions throughout the Department as a sergeant.  As sergeant in the Communications Division she received a Unit Citation for “Outstanding Team Work” because she helped establish the first Sheriff’s Department Communications Academy.  She was a sergeant in both correctional facilities, Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center and the Main Jail, and served as the acting watch commander when needed.

Donna was also assigned to the Special Operations Division and Central Division as the Canine Detail Supervisor, where she handled a canine partner, Asko.  Donna and Asko excelled together by locating numerous suspects and winning trophies at local canine trials where they competed against outside agency canine handlers.  Donna and Asko were an extremely positive contribution to the community because they were the main partnership to engage in various public demonstrations during the largest budget cuts in the history of the Sheriff’s Department.

22 Years Of Service

During the 2009 budget cuts, Donna was assigned as the patrol sergeant for Central and North Patrol Division, in addition to her current role as sergeant over the Sheriff’s Canine Detail.  Donna accepted this task without reservation and she simultaneously supervised these patrol teams throughout the County.  In this position, she was responsible for managerial duties, such as budget expenditures and litigation related to canine use-of-force allegations.  Donna always treated the deputies and public in a fair and respectful manner.

In 2014, Donna was assigned to the Field Support Service Division as a Crime Scene Investigation Unit Sergeant. Her last year in service she spent assigned to the Main Jail as an administrative sergeant, booking and floor sergeant. After twenty-two years of honorable service, Donna retired on August 24, 2016.

After a little over a year of retirement, Donna has decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming Sheriff of Sacramento County to bring back Justice, Equality and Opportunity for all.

 

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