Acting Sheriff Bio

Sheriff Laurie Smith

Ken Binder

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Acting Sheriff Ken Binder began his law enforcement career with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. Acting Sheriff Binder worked as a Patrol Deputy, Sexual Assault Investigator, and Homicide Detective Sergeant. He was also a member of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, Crime Scene Investigation Unit and Sheriff’s Off-Road Enforcement Team, and was a Field Training Officer.

As a Lieutenant, Acting Sheriff Binder held positions as the Academy Director for the Sheriff’s Office Basic Police Academy and as a Patrol Watch Commander.

As a Captain, Acting Sheriff Binder commanded the Investigations Bureau and the West Valley Patrol Division. The Investigations Bureau is responsible for all criminal investigations and follow up. The West Valley Patrol Division is responsible for all law enforcement services in the cities of Cupertino, Saratoga and Los Altos Hills, and in the unincorporated west valley response areas.

As an Assistant Sheriff, Acting Sheriff Binder oversaw Enforcement Operations with direct responsibility for six divisions: Headquarters Patrol, West Valley Patrol, Transit Patrol, Investigations, Special Operations, and Civil/Warrants.

In November of 2020, Acting Sheriff Binder was promoted to Acting Undersheriff and began overseeing all daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office while reporting directly to the Sheriff.

Acting Sheriff Binder holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from San Jose State University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Class 248.​

In his spare time, Acting Sheriff Binder enjoys spending time with his family and participating in outdoor activities.


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