My name is Mike Crawford and I am running to be the next Sheriff of Maricopa County. As a servant leader, I have been in the service of my community since I was young. I served as a volunteer firefighter while I was in high school. When I graduated high school, I joined the United States Air Force. I served as a Crew Chief on KC135s. In 1991, I successfully completed the Non-Commissioned Officer Preparatory Course and was promoted to a Sergeant. While in the service I was awarded the following awards, decorations, ribbons and medals:
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon
NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
During my service, my evaluations reflected my commitment to my position and those who I served within the Air Force. I was recognized for my hard work, can-do attitude and always ready to take on additional responsibility. In August of 1992, I was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force.
In August of 1992, I was sworn as a Deputy Sheriff at the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. I attended the New Mexico State Police Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During my time at the Sheriff’s Office, I served in patrol, as a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration Region II Narcotics Taskforce, and as an extradition fugitive deputy.
In September of 1997, I joined the Glendale Police Department as a Police Officer. I attended the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy. During my time at the Police Department, I have served in patrol, motors, vehicular crimes, and special operations. I have been trained and certified as a general instructor, field training officer, taught traffic law at the academy and served as a motor instructor.
I made the decision to run for Sheriff of Maricopa County because I believe the citizens deserve better. As your Sheriff, I will fulfill my obligation to the oath that I will take to uphold the laws, the constitutions of the United States of America and Arizona, and deliver law enforcement protective services in a fiscally responsible manner. I will work to unite the community and the sheriff’s office to make Maricopa County safe again through education, outreach, and youth involvement.