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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Los Angeles cold case detectives caught up with Samuel Little this past fall, he was living in a Christian shelter in Kentucky, his latest arrest a few months earlier for alleged possession of a crack pipe. But the LA investigators wanted him on far more serious charges: The slayings of two women in 1989, both found strangled and nude below the waist — victims of what police concluded had been sexually motivated strangulations.
Little's name came up, police said, after DNA evidence collected at old crime scenes matched samples of his stored in a criminal database. After detectives say they found yet another match, a third murder charge was soon added against Little.
Now, as the 72-year-old former boxer and transient awaits trial in Los Angeles, authorities in numerous jurisdictions in California, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi and Ohio are scouring their own cold case files for possible ties to Little. One old murder case, in Pascagoula, Miss., already has been reopened. DNA results are pending in some others.