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Posted on: December 14, 2022

Thank you, Sheriff Martin!

Brian Martin Retirement Photo

Thank you, Sheriff Martin!

Lake County, CA (December 14, 2022) -- On Friday, December 9, Lake County’s Representative, Mike Thompson (California’s 5th District), shared a Resolution in the United States Congress celebrating Sheriff Brian Martin’s outstanding contributions to Lake County’s communities, and particularly his exemplary leadership and service in the face of repeated and compounding disasters. Yesterday (December 13), the Lake County Board of Supervisors added their Congratulations, Commending Sheriff Martin for his distinguished service by presenting a heartfelt Proclamation, and wishing him the best in his upcoming retirement (effective December 30).  Colleagues across many local agencies, and Supervisors past and present, shared their appreciation for Sheriff Martin; he has been a mentor, collaborator and friend to many.  He has earned the deep and abiding respect of co-workers and community partners, alike; his presence and input across many areas of County government responsibility will be greatly missed.  No comments during the Board’s celebration were more poignant and meaningful, however, than those of the Sheriff’s wife, Crystal Martin, who emphasized, “If you think he’s a great Sheriff, you should see him as a husband [and] father.”  Please join in thanking Brian Martin for his remarkable service to Lake County!

Here is the full text of the Board of Supervisors’ Proclamation:



WHEREAS, being a dedicated Lake County public servant came naturally to Brian Martin, as he was surrounded by examples of public service: his father, the Honorable Judge Richard Martin, his mother, retired Deputy District Attorney for Lake County.  His parents’ invaluable contributions to the County of Lake have set a high bar for both Brian and other community leaders.  The values his parents instilled in him have been evident to everyone who has worked with Brian throughout his impressive career. Prior to starting his law enforcement career, Brian Martin joined the Army as a Military Police and served his country with honor for five years; and

WHEREAS, starting with his employment with Lake County on July 18, 2005, Brian Martin has always been respected and well-liked by his colleagues in local law enforcement, all the way back to his early days working for the Sheriff’s Department. He worked his way up to become a member of the Department’s Command Staff with the rank of Lieutenant and was eventually elected as the Sheriff-Coroner of Lake County and started in that position on January 6, 2015; and

WHEREAS, regardless of his rank or position, Brian Martin always demonstrated himself to be a dedicated public servant, reliable, hard-working and with the highest level of integrity and ethics.   He is known as being fair and even-handed.  He is also known for speaking up and speaking out with honesty and sincerity on behalf of the Lake County residents he serves; and

WHEREAS, Brian Martin’s election as Sheriff-Coroner brought ethical leadership, stability, and public trust to the Sheriff’s Department at a critical time when it was urgently needed. His skills as a leader were invaluable to the County during a series of catastrophic wildfires and other emergencies that occurred during his tenure as Sheriff-Coroner. Like his parents before him, Brian Martin has set a high bar of what to expect from our County Sheriff-Coroner.  Brian and his spouse, Crystal, both are public servants serving their communities and instilling in their children and their communities the value of public service.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Lake does hereby commend Brian Martin for his 15 years of service to the County of Lake and to the residents of Lake County, and extends our appreciation for his dedication and hard work, and wish him the best in the future.

SIGNED: Eddie Crandell, Chair, Board of Supervisors

ATTEST: Susan Parker, Clerk to the Board of Supervisors

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