About Pat Lunney for Sheriff 2014
The Official Choice of the Merced Sun-Star
"Pat Lunney is the best qualified candidate to be Merced County Sheriff... voters should not pass up on the opportunity to put him to work."
Meet Pat Lunney
Patrick N. Lunney is known as a strong, innovative leader in law enforcement where his career has spanned over 38 years. Appointed in 1983, he served at the municipal level as the Chief of Police of the City of Merced for 15 years. In 1999 he was appointed by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer to serve at the state level in the California Department of Justice. He served 8 years in the Division of Law Enforcement including 4 ½ years as the Director of the entire Division. In that capacity he commanded over 1400 personnel in six Bureaus. These bureaus included the Bureau of Intelligence, Bureau of Investigations, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and Bureau of Forensic Services. In 2008 he returned to Merced as Chief Investigator for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office.
During his law enforcement career, he has always been recognized as someone who can get things done. This is exemplified by a statewide award the City of Merced received from the California Healthy Cities Project during his tenure as their Chief of Police. That award read in part: “While other cities talked about community based policing, Merced actually did it”. At DOJ he was instrumental in developing the intelligence efforts of the State of California at the national level.
Mr. Lunney graduated from the University of California at Davis with a bachelors of science degree in Biological Sciences. He then completed a masters degree at the University of Southern California in Public Administration. He believes in continuing education and while serving at DOJ completed the prestigious Senior Executives in State and Local Government, a resident program at Harvard University.
Pat is endorsed by every active police chief in Merced County as and many other active and retired local leaders in business, government and law enforcement. See all of Pat's endorsements here.