1988 –1998

After joining the Marshal’s Department in 1977, Michael Carona earned an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at Mount San Antonio College, a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Redlands, and a Master’s Degree in Management with emphasis in Public Administration from the University of Redlands.

He worked his way through the Marshal’s Department quickly, obtaining promotions to the Senior Deputy position at West Division, and then to the position of Lieutenant, in charge of the Warrant/Field Services Division. While in this assignment, Michael Carona competed against other candidates for the position of Marshal of Orange County, defeating three other finalists in a vote amongst the county’s 105 Superior Court and Municipal Court judges, receiving 54% of the vote.

At age 31, Marshal Michael S. Carona was the youngest head of county government at the time of his appointment as Marshal of Orange County in 1988. When he assumed office, Marshal Carona was placed in command of a staff of 347 employees, 252 of which were sworn peace officers. The annual budget of the department was approximately $12 million dollars.

In June of 1998, Marshal Michael S. Carona ran in an open election for the position of Sheriff of Orange County. Carona won the election, and became the Sheriff of Orange County on January 4, 1999, and presently serves in that position.

Marshal Carona was succeeded by Marshal John E. Fuller in April, 1999.