There’s a new assistant sheriff in town.
Sheriff Greg Munks is restructuring his department to add a second assistant sheriff to the ranks and naming Capt. Tom Gallagher to the position. The Board of Supervisors Tuesday signed off on the plan and the Sheriff’s Office announced Gallagher’s naming later that day.
Both Gallagher and current Assistant Sheriff Trish Sanchez will report to Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos.
The new assistant sheriff will oversee operations, investigations and homeland security. Sanchez will continue handling the corrections division, jail planning unit and technology services.
The department reorganization is a response to the office’s significant growth as of late due in large part to contracting with several cities in San Mateo County including San Carlos, Half Moon Bay and Millbrae. Other factors include significant new projects like the Maple Street Correctional Center currently under construction in Redwood City and the Coyote Point shooting range.
Looking to better handle the expansion, the Sheriff’s Office hired Management Partners for a full review of its organization and comparisons to other how other counties assign their workload.
The new structure will create “balance” and give Bolanos a “true administrative management role,” Munks told the board in seeking its approval to create the assistant sheriff slot and eliminate a lieutenant position.
The undersheriff’s umbrella will be both assistant sheriffs, the crime lab director, the professional standards bureau lieutenant and the administration and finance director.
The change also includes splitting the operations division based on geography into a north command for the northern and coastal part of the county and south command.
The new assistant sheriff will make a monthly salary of between approximately $11,228 and $14,034.
Gallagher, a San Mateo County native, graduated from Serra High School and has a bachelor’s of arts degree from Union Institute and University. He also graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Leadership Program and since 1987 has been with the Sheriff’s Office where his assignments have included corrections, patrol and investigations.
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