Sheriff's Biography

David O. Livingston
651 Pine Street
7th Floor
Martinez, CA  94553

Ph: (925) 335-1500
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Monday - Friday
Sheriff David Livingston was elected the 22nd Sheriff of Contra Costa County on June 8, 2010.  He was sworn in as Sheriff-Coroner on January 2, 2011.  Sheriff Livingston started his career as a Police Officer with the City of Fremont where he later rose to the rank of Captain.  He then served as Chief of Police in the City of Pleasant Hill for three years before being selected as Concord's Police Chief in 2005.  He served as Concord's Chief of Police for five years.  He also served on the California Police Chiefs Association Board of Directors and the State Bar's Judicial Nominee Evaluating Committee.  Additionally, Governor Brown recently appointed Sheriff Livingston to serve on the California Boating and Waterways Commission and the California Senate later confirmed this appointment with a unanimous vote.
Sheriff Livingston has a deep commitment to Community Policing, has served as a Cultural Diversity Instructor, and fosters a "participatory management" philosophy in which all employees are given a voice in the operation of the Sheriff's Office.  Additionally, he supports continued modernization of all operations including adopting technology advances and acquiring new equipment to better serve the public.  For example, he has pledged to ensure all future 9-1-1 cellular calls come directly into the Sheriff's Dispatch center rather than being routed through the CHP Golden Gate Division Dispatch center in Vallejo as happens now.  This will lead to a faster response to emergencies throughout the entire county.  Sheriff Livingston values teamwork, community outreach, training and professionalism.
Sheriff Livingston earned a Bachelor's Degree with Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and later earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the California Command College.  He is also an attorney admitted to practice in both the state and federal courts.  Sheriff Livingston said, "The Office of the Sheriff is a leader in providing excellent law enforcement services to our diverse community.  I am proud to wear the Sheriff's Office badge."