MEMBERS ONLY LUNCHEON: Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal

Join the members of the Monterey County Business Council as we hear from Monterey County Sheriff, Steve Bernal. Sheriff Bernal plans to discuss the issues the Sheriff’s Department has been actively addressing over the past year.

Monthly Luncheons are for MEMBERS ONLY


Check out our new menu:

Spinach Salad: Grilled chicken, dried cranberries, goat cheese, apple, red onion – roasted shallot vinaigrette

Vegetarian Spinach Salad: Dried cranberries, goat cheese, apple, red onion – roasted shallot vinaigrette

Pulled Pork: Smoked pork, sweet tangy BBQ sauce – ciabata bun, served with coleslaw

Alma’s Ahi Tuna Sandwich: Seared medium rare, tomato – avocado – ginger – garlic – wasabi aioli, served with french fries

Steve Bernal

Sheriff Steve Bernal has been a peace officer since 1999. He was elected to the office of Sheriff in November of 2014. Before being elected as the 31st Sheriff of Monterey County, Sheriff Bernal was assigned as a patrol deputy at the South County Station. He also served at the Coastal Station and Central Patrol Station. Sheriff Bernal started his career as a Custody Deputy at the jail where his duties also included bailiff duties and transportation deputy.

Since assuming office, Sheriff Bernal has led the Sheriff’s Office through numerous improvements.  The Sheriff made recruitment a top priority and today the Sheriff’s Office is nearly fully staffed.  New security measures have been implemented at the jail which will improve overall inmate and employee safety. The Sheriff also oversaw a project to bring tablet technology to the jail to meet new expectations for inmate education/rehabilitation programs and enable new video visitation. In addition, Sheriff Bernal has instituted a program to bring advanced level leadership training to management personnel in the Sheriff’s Office.  This enhanced training will better develop management personnel and prepare them for current and upcoming leadership challenges to ensure the Sheriff’s Office has the best trained managers in the future.

Sheriff Bernal has successfully completed the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Management and Executive Development courses. In 2016, the nationwide anonymous crimes reporting group, “WeTip” recognized Sheriff Bernal as the “WeTip” Sheriff of the Year and in 2007 he was honored as Deputy of the Year by the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Bernal grew up in an agricultural oriented family in South County. He takes great pride in his community oriented style of policing in the area he grew up in and cares so much about. He instills this same philosophy today and encourages all employees at the Sheriff’s Office to be involved in the community.  Sheriff Bernal earned his private pilot’s license at age 20 and commercial rotorcraft license at age 21. He has logged over 3000 hours in airplanes and helicopters. He is married to his wife Leslie and they have 3 children, Jennifer, Jace and Jordan.


Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council’s efforts for economic development and education.

March 16, 2018
11:45 am to 1:30 pm
Bayonet and Black Horse
1 McClure Way
Seaside, CA 93955