Sheriff Bill Gore


A Lifetime Commitment to Public Safety


Sheriff Gore was born and raised in San Diego and went to USD

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Sheriff Gore’s father and two brothers are veterans of the San Diego Police Department

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While in the FBI, Sheriff Gore was Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle and San Diego Divisions


San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore oversees one of the largest Sheriff’s Departments in the nation, with 4,200 employees and a service area of over 4,400 square miles, including a 60-mile international border.  Along with patrol and investigative operations, his department provides air support, search and rescue service, and forensic support for the San Diego region, operates seven detention facilities countywide and provides security to nine courthouses.

Sheriff Gore is known for his collaborative regional approach to law enforcement and for his energetic deployment of technology to the front lines. He spearheaded the creation of the Law Enforcement Coordination Center, which serves as an all-crimes intelligence center for the San Diego region, and a Rapid Response DNA Team that uses forensic DNA to solve property crimes. He created the Border Crimes Initiative, which brings together federal, state and local resources to combat crime along the southwest border.  Under his leadership, the department has deployed Information Led Policing, a pro-active approach to preventing and disrupting crime that uses the most current technologies of crime analysis to enable patrol deputies and investigators to focus on crime hotspots and on targeting high-propensity offenders.

Sheriff Gore’s law enforcement career spans 44 years. He spent 32 years in the FBI, where he rose to the level of Assistant Director. He served as Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle and San Diego Field Divisions, where he pioneered the FBI Cyber Crime Squad and Joint Terrorism Task Force. He played a significant role in establishing the San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, the first of its kind in the United States.  He was appointed the 29th Sheriff of San Diego County in 2009, elected a year later, and re-elected in 2014.

Sheriff Gore is a member of the San Diego County Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association, the California State Sheriffs’ Association, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association. He is a board member of Second Chance, STAR/PAL, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the San Diego Commission on Gangs. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including the Arthur E. Hughes Career Achievement Award from his alma mater, University of San Diego, and was selected as “Headliner of the Year” by the San Diego Press Club.

A San Diego native, Sheriff Gore served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam era, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. His father and older brother were a part of the San Diego Police Department, his middle brother was a San Diego County Deputy Sheriff, and his wife was one of the first female FBI agents in the United States. He and his wife, Natalie, have a grown son.

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Sheriff Gore’s wife Natalie was one of the first female FBI agents

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Sheriff Gore was an FBI agent for 32 years, rising to Assistant Director

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Sheriff Gore was a Vietnam-era Navy officer


Sheriff Gore pioneered the FBI Cyber Crime Squad and Joint Terrorism Task Force