John McGinness spent over 27 years experience with the Sheriff's Department and has served in every service area of the Department. He is a highly decorated veteran with a background in many high profile assignments.
John McGinness served for many years as a member of the elite Sheriff's Motorcycle Detail where he was a training officer and team leader. He also served as a CSI investigator, homicide detective and department spokesman. John McGinness promoted through the ranks and ultimately commanded the Centralized Investigation Division until he was appointed Undersheriff in March of 2001. Mr. McGinness served as Undersheriff until elected Sheriff in 2006.
John McGinness is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, Communications, Leadership and Professional Studies with the California State University.
John McGinness serves as a frequent guest host on Sacramento's top rated News Talk radio program broadcast on AM 1530, KFBK.
John McGinness holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Public Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from the California State University, Long Beach, and is a graduate of the prestigious West Point Leadership Institute.
John McGinness was appointed to the POST Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007.
John McGinness lives in Folsom, California with his wife, Peggy, and their two children.
The events at Sandy Hook Elementary School have created an understandable and appropriate groundswell of emotion across the country. The image of young, innocent lives being taken in a final act of violence by a madman generates an appropriate element of outrage in the minds of thoughtful people.
The energy created by such emotion makes people want to act, because they believe action is necessary in order to create change, with the hope of preventing such an unthinkable crime in the future. The energy created by such emotion speaks well of the collective compassion of our generous nation; how pathetic would it be if such an unfathomable act of human destruction was perpetrated and created no outrage?
Good comes from such emotionally based energy. It can be the impetus for recognition of the fragile nature of life and the need to consciously value those for whom we care deeply. Such energy can motivate people to be more vigilant in terms of recognizing expression of dangerous or high-risk thoughts in others, and perhaps break the bonds, born out of politeness, that prevent good people from taking action in the face of subtle cries for help.