Eric Jones is the Deputy County Executive for Public Safety and Justice at Sacramento County and was appointed by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on February 21, 2022.
Jones has almost 30 years of public service experience. He most recently served as Police Chief for the Stockton Police Department since 2012, until his retirement in December 2021. As the Chief of Police, Eric transformed Stockton’s policing practices through innovative strategies and community engagement efforts. In 2015, he worked with the State Attorney General’s Office to develop Principled Policing Training and help lead the law enforcement industry across the state.
Jones created a countywide criminal justice effort, the Stockton Alliance for Equity (SAFE) Coalition for Criminal Justice Leaders, in 2017. The coalition included public safety systems in San Joaquin County: the offices of District Attorney, Public Defender and Probation. The outcomes were improved community trust in those systems and led to internal policy changes and longstanding relationships with community members and justice reform advocates.
He has worked on several Boards and Committees, including as an Advisory Board Member for the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project for Northeastern University and as an Advisor for the Urban Institute & Office of Justice on Preventing Youth Gang & Gun Violence. He was also a Founding Agency Member for the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing.
Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Public Administration from National University.