Madera Sheriff to Become Next Chief Administrative Officer

Madera County Sheriff/CoronerJay Varney is slated to become the next Chief Administrative Officer of Madera County. Last Wednesday’s announcement was a complete surprise to the public. The Madera Tribune reports that county staff and others present in the chamber “broke into cheers and rounds of applause.”

Varney will replace Eric John Fleming who left in December. A vote will be held on June 2. Varney’s interim successor will be Undersheriff Tyson Pogue.

In addition to his role as the county’s chief law enforcement officer, Varney operates a non-profit that supports local volunteer groups within the Sheriff’s Department. He previously worked as Chowchilla's chief of police, where he also served as interim city manager for two years.

Varney holds an M.S. in Criminology from Fresno State and a B.S. in Resource Management from Michigan State University. He completed the FBI Academy’s senior law enforcement course in 2013.



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