Joe Cusimano Undersheriff
Undersheriff Cusimano was born in West Covina and has been a resident of San Bernardino County since 1971. He attended Apple Valley High School and community college, receiving an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Fullerton College. Undersheriff Cusimano received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Cal State University-Fullerton. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in 2011.
Undersheriff Cusimano began his law enforcement career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as an Explorer Scout at the Victor Valley Station in 1981. At the age of 21 he became a reserve deputy sheriff with the Victor Valley Station. He was hired as a sheriff’s trainee and worked at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center prior to attending the 87th session of the Sheriff’s Academy. As the Undersheriff, he directs the preparation of the annual budget, recommends and reviews proposed changes with the Sheriff and determines staffing needs and priorities. He reviews the objectives and effectiveness of all organizational divisions within the department and serves as a liaison between other law enforcement agencies, judges, district attorney, and defense attorneys to assure optimal success in crime prevention and enforcement.
Prior to his appointment as Undersheriff, Cusimano held the position of Assistant Sheriff. In that position he was responsible for all criminal operations including Special Operations, Valley, Mountain and Desert Patrol Bureaus. His administrative duties included; directing, planning, coordinating, and managing all functions within a major area of assigned responsibility for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Cusimano also has held the position of Deputy Chief and was responsible for overseeing the Desert Patrol Bureau, which includes the contract cities of Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Adelanto, Needles, Yucca Valley and 29 Palms. This vast desert area also includes Barstow, Baker, Trona, Colorado River and Morongo Stations.
Cusimano held the position of Captain where he served as Chief of Police for the City of Hesperia and the City of Rancho Cucamonga. During his career, as he promoted through the ranks, Cusimano was assigned to over 10 different duty stations, from working patrol in Apple Valley and Victorville to being assigned as a detective in Big Bear and Chino Hills. As a sergeant, Cusimano held positions at West Valley Detention Center as well as serving as the department’s range master at the training facility. As a lieutenant he was again assigned to the Victorville Station and was the commander of the department’s Internal Affairs division.
Undersheriff Cusimano is a member of several professional law enforcement organizations including California Peace Officers Association, California Narcotics Officers Association and is a FBI National Academy Associate.