Robert Fonzi Undersheriff
A native of California and a resident of San Bernardino County since 1961, Undersheriff Fonzi attended Pacific High School in San Bernardino and community college in San Bernardino and Yucaipa. His formal education includes an Associate in Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a soon to be completed Bachelors Degree program in Vocational Education, Training, and Curriculum Design. He is a graduate of the National FBI Academy and California POST Command College.
Undersheriff Fonzi began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department over three decades ago in 1981. As the Undersheriff, he directs the preparation of the annual budget, recommends and reviews proposed changes with the Sheriff and determines staffing needs and riorities. He reviews the objectives and effectiveness of all organizational divisions within the Department and maintains a liaison between other law enforcement agencies, judges, District Attorney and defense attorneys to assure optimal success in crime prevention and enforcement.
Previously as Assistant Sheriff, he was responsible for all support operations within the organization. His administrative duties included; directing, planning, coordinating, and managing all functions within a major area of assigned responsibility for the Sheriffs Department.
Prior to his appointment to Assistant Sheriff, Fonzi held the position of Deputy Chief with responsibilities over the Sheriff’s Department’s largest bureau, the Detentions and Corrections Bureau, providing oversight to four large jail facilities. As a Deputy Chief, Fonzi also had the assignment responsible for the Bureau of Administrative Services. This bureau provided oversight to three divisions, which included the Training Center, Emergency Operations, and Employee Resources.
Undersheriff Fonzi held the position of Captain and commanded three separate divisions; Sheriff’s Employee Resources Division, West Valley Detention Center, and served as the Chief of Police for the City of Yucaipa. He served in a variety of positions in the ranks of Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant and Lieutenant.
Undersheriff Fonzi is most recognized in the area of training with over twenty five years of experience and having trained approximately 10,000 law enforcement officers from all over the country with his extensive expertise in use of force, police procedures, jail operations and management. Undersheriff Fonzi has qualified as an expert witness and has testified in more than a hundred civil, criminal, and civil service trials in both State and Federal court.
As an active citizen in the county that he lives and serves, Undersheriff Fonzi is a member of Kiwanis, San Bernardino County Arrowhead United Way, International Footprinters Association, California Peace Officers Association to name a few.