John Hemmerling has devoted his life to protecting and serving the public in leadership positions as a decorated Marine Corps Colonel, San Diego Police Officer, and as head prosecutor in the City of San Diego Criminal and Community Justice Divisions. His career spans 28 years of dedicated service to the City and 30 years of faithful military service. He has patrolled the streets, fought to protect our laws, and put his own life on the line to lead courageously in battle. For those who know John, he is a person of action more than empty words. He leads with integrity and has the time-tested experience to set a new and higher standard for our communities.
A LEADER WITH 30 YEARS OF HONORABLE SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY
In his three decade military career, retired Marine Corps Colonel John Hemmerling has held command at nearly every level including active duty in the Gulf War and war in Iraq. In his last mission in Iraq, he was in command of an 800 Marine battalion, four military jails, and responsible for support, security, and stabilization missions in the Al Anbar Province. John was the Senior Marine Liaison to FEMA Region 9 for coordinating military support to local and state agencies in the time of disasters. Among his awards are a Bronze Star and Combat Action Ribbon.
SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICER OF DISTINCTION
As a San Diego Police Officer for 9 years, John patrolled the Eastern and Mid-City Divisions and was certified as a Field Training Officer, responsible for supervising and developing police academy trainees and graduates for duty as police officers. John also received numerous community commendations, a Commanding Officer's Citation and a Life Saving Citation.
John provided 7 years of legal advice to the San Diego Police Department and became Legal Counsel to the Chief of Police. He was assigned to the City Attorney's Crisis Response Team, which advises key City leaders during critical incidents at the City Emergency Operations Center. John is recently retired as the head prosecutor of the City of San Diego Criminal and Community Justice Divisions. He oversaw eight prosecutorial divisions with over 200 plus staff. The Division prosecutes nearly 20,000 criminal cases a year as well as civil enforcement of code violations.
SETTING A HIGHER STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE
John has zero tolerance for behavior that violates the noblest values of our Sheriff's Department. He believes in fairness, collaboration, and diversity that reflects our community. He will work hard to stem violence and help victims of crime. Rebuilding morale and rewarding the efforts of those who work hard to keep our communities safe are also integral to setting a higher standard of excellence. John's experience, integrity, and sense of duty are what we need to move forward and achieve real results.