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Bay Area born and raised.
"San Mateo County is my home, it is where my wife and I raised our family and now where my grandchildren are growing up."
Bay Area Native

Sheriff Carlos Bolanos grew up in the Bay Area as the proud son of working class parents who emigrated to the U.S. from Nicaragua. His parents modeled hard work and determination and instilled in him the strong work ethic he has today.  He has been married to his wonderful wife, Kim, for 40 years and together they have three amazing children and two beautiful grandchildren. San Mateo County has been his home for the past 25 years; it's where his children grew up and now where his grandchildren are growing up. He is committed to ensuring that San Mateo County continues to be a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.

Experienced Law Enforcement Officer

Carlos has 40 years of law enforcement experience and has spent the past 25 years proudly serving the residents of San Mateo County. He has a proven track record of managing our valuable tax dollars wisely; he has the leadership skills to build strong relationships between law enforcement and the community; and he is committed to keeping San Mateo County safe. Carlos has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University East Bay. He is also a graduate of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Command College and the Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and the Security Naval Postgraduate School.

Community Leader

Carlos is dedicated to helping others by giving back and continuously seeking ways to improve our community. He has committed his 40 year career to public service and making a difference in the lives of others.

As Redwood City Police Chief, he started the PAL program as a way to engage kids in sports to keep them out of trouble. Today, PAL provides the Redwood City community with over 20 different cultural activities and programs. As San Mateo County Sheriff, Carlos continues to focus on our youth and has greatly expanded the Sheriff's Activities League (SAL) which serves over 11,000 youth per year.

Carlos currently serves as Membership Chair of the Redwood City Rotary Club, Chair of San Mateo County Sheriff's Advisory Board, and Board Member of Starvista and the Elks Lodge.

San Mateo County Sheriff

In 2018, Carlos was elected as San Mateo County Sheriff.  Since his election, he has remained committed to his priorities and has continuously supported innovative efforts to increase public safety. He believes in keeping our communities safe while providing modern, transparent, and accountable law enforcement services.