Douglas Eckenrod announces candidacy for Yavapai County Sheriff

Douglas Eckenrod announces candidacy for Yavapai County Sheriff in 2024.

Douglas Eckenrod announces candidacy for Yavapai County Sheriff in 2024.

Douglas Eckenrod of Prescott recently announced his candidacy for Yavapai County sheriff. Eckenrod retired in 2021 as the deputy director of the California Department of Corrections Rehabilitation (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations.

“Yavapai County is a treasure,” Eckenrod said. “We are blessed to live here and I am thrilled to bring this county every ounce of expertise I have gathered while leading one of the largest criminal justice departments in the country.”

His path to becoming deputy director included multiple in and out of uniform assignments over 21 years. Eckenrod began his career as a corrections officer at Soledad State Prison where he was promoted to sergeant. He took his experience outside the prison walls where he served as a state parole, gang, sex offender and State of California fugitive agent.

As a chief deputy over parole operations, he served as chair of the Weapons and Safety Committee, oversaw Peace Officer Academy Operations, and graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Leadership Academy. Eckenrod also is a nationally recognized subject-matter expert in criminal justice. He is a frequent columnist on matters of crime and law enforcement for the Epoch Times.

Eckenrod said his campaign will focus on three core elements: Safeguarding the liberty of residents in Yavapai County, resisting increased taxation related to YCSO operations, and addressing misaligned YCSO priorities.

“I have tracked down dangerous fugitives and sex offenders and also managed the operations of a large criminal justice organization with over 2,000 peace officers and a $450 million budget.

“What does that mean for the residents of Yavapai County? It means that I have the breadth of experience to safeguard their Second Amendment rights and stand in the gap against government overreach.”

For more information, visit

Donate Report a Typo Contact
Most Read