Keith Barth for Sheriff

Santa Cruz County

•Experience  •Integrity  •Trust

Keith’s Experience and Qualifications

  • 20 years as a Sheriff's Deputy and Sergeant in Santa Cruz and Cochise County
  • 3 years as Chief of the Patagonia Marshal's Office
  • 18 years on Search and Rescue and on the SWAT team as the sniper
  • 12 years as Justice of the Peace in Santa Cruz County
  • Appointed by Chief Justice Rebecca Birch to the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Courts (6-year assignment)
  • Presided over all domestic violence cases in Santa Cruz County for 6 of his 12 years as a Justice Court Judge
  • Taught at the Police Academy
  • Holds a Top Secret security clearance
  • Conducts background investigations for U.S. Federal agencies
  • Taught courtroom testimony/demeanor and human sourcing to a foreign nation
  • Has sat on numerous non-profit boards and worked with many volunteer organizations

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Keith’s Endorsements

  • Alyssa Cordova – Widow of Nogales Police Officer Jesus (Chuy) Cordova
  • Beth Castro, The Castro Foundation
  • Ron Barber, Former Congressman
  • Dick Boykin, Former Pima County Sheriff
  • John F. Pintek, Former Cochise County Sheriff
  • Mary Helen Maley, Santa Cruz County Justice of the Peace (retired)
  • David Morales, Cochise County Justice of the Peace (retired)
  • Herb Wisdom – Former Nogales Chief of Police, owner of Wisdom’s Cafe
  • Andrea Wood – Mayor of Patagonia
  • Judy Neal – Former School Superintendent, Sonoita School District
  • Pete Hermansen, Chief Agent, Tucson Sector Border Patrol (retired)
  • Mark Denny – Chief of Police, City of La Center
  • Gary M. Steffen, Lt. Cochise County Sheriff’s Department (retired)
  • Lynn E. Sharp - Sergeant, Tucson Police Department (retired)

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Managing the Sheriff’s Office

What kind of leader and manager will Keith be as Sheriff? The Sheriff’s Office has over 100 employees and is responsible for close to $12 million of budgeted expenditures. Keith’s leadership will be team-oriented and inclusive. He has ideas for operational improvements and will tackle the financial burden on the County budget created by building a jail that is twice as large as was needed.

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