Assistant Sheriff Michael Doty is a native of San Jose, California. He started his law enforcement career with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. After building a foundation of community service and a passion for teaching, he ultimately joined the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office as a regular Deputy Sheriff. He brings 25 years of Law Enforcement experience to the County of Santa Clara.
Assistant Sheriff Doty has had leadership oversight or been directly assigned to all major divisions within the Sheriff’s Office during his career. He has promoted through the supervisory and management ranks with special emphasis and accomplishments in the areas of Criminal and Crime Scene Investigations, Forensic Pathology Investigations, Human Resources, Hiring and Recruitment, In-Service and Academy Training and Office of Emergency Services Incident Command.
Assistant Sheriff Doty was instrumental in major enhancements and modern development of the Sheriff’s Office Training Division, which includes the initial certification and leadership of the POST Basic Police Academy at the Justice Training Center, the land acquisition and renovation of the Richey Training Facility and the design and fiscal approval for a Regional Emergency Vehicle Operations Center.
In July of 2018, Assistant Sheriff Doty promoted to his current rank assigned to provide executive leadership for the Support Services Bureau, which includes Court Security, Stanford University, Personnel Human Resources, Hiring and Recruitment, Academy and In-Service Training, and Valley Medical Center. In November of 2020, Assistant Sheriff Doty transferred to his current assignment where he provides executive leadership for the Enforcement Bureau, which includes Investigations, Special Operations, Headquarters Patrol, West Valley Patrol, Transit Patrol, Parks Patrol and Civil Warrants.
Assistant Sheriff Doty attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia and graduated from Class 273. He has three children, Alexis, Miranda and Jayden and while off duty, he enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities such as attending and hosting classic car shows, boating, motorcycle riding, and traveling.