History of the
Orange County Marshal's Department

of the

Over the years, there have been many attempts to eliminate the Marshal’s Department by merging it into the Sheriff’s Department. The Marshal’s have contended that our specialized type of law enforcement service is the most efficient for the courts and the county. On March 30, 1984, the Marshal’s Department took over all court functions in Orange County including Superior Court, which was staffed by the Sheriff. The Marshal’s Department produced a savings of over $1.5 million and increased its size by 80 positions. The Marshal’s Department was now the sole provider of services for the courts in Orange County. The marshal was now responsible for the service of all civil and warrants for the County, as well as security for all courts and court functions. The Department now had 325 employees.

1989, saw the appointment of a successor to Marshal James C. Byham, and a change in the vision of the Marshal’s Department. Marshal Michael S. Carona began a mission to make the department one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the county. By 1998, the Department had grown to over 460 employees (third largest law enforcement agency in the county), with a budget of over $34 million and had become recognized as a law enforcement leader in the county. During Carona’s tenure, the Department was re-organized to better utilize the talents of its members.

In 1998, the courts in Orange County voted to eliminate the municipal court system in Orange County as directed by legislative mandate. Now all courts in Orange County are Superior courts under one Presiding Judge.

The Marshal’s Department is the designated law enforcement arm of the courts in Orange County. The services of the Department include bailiffing, prisoner safe keeping, conservatee transportation, enforcement of arrest warrants, service and enforcement of civil process, building security and emergency response.

The Department’s organizational design is divided into three major functions. Central Operations, which consists of all operations at the Central Justice and Juvenile Justice Centers as well as the Judicial Protection Unit. Special Operations, which includes Field Services (warrants) and all Administrative operations. Regional Operations which includes all functions at North, South, West and Harbor Courts.

In 1998 Marshal M. Carona was elected to fill the vacated Sheriff’s post and the newest addition to the department was the appointment of John E. Fuller to the vacant Marshal’s position. Marshal Fuller continues the high standard set by those before him.



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