State Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) today announced he has hired John Anderson, retired Madera County Sheriff and Madera resident. Anderson’s responsibilities will be representing the Madera and Fresno communities, as well as serve as the 12th district law enforcement liaison.
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with John for several years, and throughout that time, he has repeatedly shown himself as a dedicated public servant committed to protecting the Madera communities,” said Cannella. “With more than 50 years of law enforcement service, including serving 16 years as Madera County Sheriff, I am confident John’s diverse set of skills will serve our constituents well.”
After graduating high school, Anderson immediately joined the United States Army, serving in West Germany and as an advisor in Laos. After, Anderson began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Williams, and later, as Stanislaus County’s deputy sheriff. In 1964, he was appointed to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), serving as a special representative to the California State Legislature and U.S. Congress, as commander of the CHP Academy, as acting division commander of the Northern Division and division commander of the Central Division. In 1998, Anderson successfully ran for Madera County Sheriff, serving Madera residents for 16 years before retiring last year.
Anderson has also provided consulting services to the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Miami/Dade Police Department, as well as holds a lifetime limited subject teaching credential. Anderson earned his bachelor’s of arts degree in criminal justice from Sacramento State and master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University.
“Sen. Cannella is a man who repeatedly has shown his dedication to his constituents and communities, and shows a strong commitment to public safety,” said Anderson. “I look forward to working with him to continue his efforts in making sure the Madera and Fresno communities are represented and heard.”