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Lieutenant Eric Thelen
Lieutenant-Sheriff Eric Thelen was born and raised in Vallejo, California and is a graduate of Dr. James J. Hogan High School, class of 84’. Eric Thelen has since attended Solano Community College, Napa Valley College, and the University of Virginia. Eric Thelen is a graduate of the 239th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, where he specialized in constitutional law and leadership development. He also holds numerous professional certificates from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards in Training (POST).
Eric Thelen started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in December 1987 as a Correctional Officer. He was promoted to Deputy-Sheriff February 4, 1990 by Sheriff Al Cardoza and attended the Napa Valley Police Academy, Class 16. As a Deputy-Sheriff, Eric Thelen was assigned to patrol, court security and criminal investigations, and was selected to be a SWAT Sniper. Most of these years were spent as a Field Training Officer, and instructor in firearms and weaponless defense. Eric Thelen was also a member of the Diversity Committee and Fitness/Wellness Committee.
Eric Thelen was promoted to Sergeant-Sheriff December 28, 2001 by Sheriff Gary Stanton. His first assignment was to create the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit which expanded from two canines to five, including Solano County’s sole explosive detection canine. As a Sergeant-Sheriff, Eric Thelen spent the following 5-yrs as a grave-yard patrol supervisor while also supervising the K-9 Unit, Weaponless Defense Team, and SWAT Sniper Team. He served his last year as a Sergeant-Sheriff supervising the Coroner’s Office.
On January 27, 2007 Eric Thelen was promoted to Lieutenant-Sheriff. His assignments include the Coroner’s Office, developing a County Mass Fatality Readiness Plan, the Personnel & Training Bureau, and is currently assigned to the Court – Transportation Services Bureau.