Four Tulare County sheriff’s staff members were promoted to high ranks during a ceremony this week.
Keith Douglass and Tom Sigley were promoted from captain to assistant sheriff. Mike Watson and Chris Wenzinger were promoted from lieutenant to captain. The event was held Wednesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting room. (An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Douglass and Sigley were promoted from lieutenant to captain and that Watson and Wenzinger were promoted from captain to assistant sheriff.)
Douglass started his career with the Sheriff’s Department in August 1986. He has helped introduce technology to various departments. Douglass brought in the first digital recording system to the Tulare County Detention Facility. He also implemented report writing in patrol units. In addition, Douglass graduated from the Los Angeles Police Department leadership program in 2016.
Sigley has served in law enforcement for 23 years, 19 of which have been with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. He is the third person in the history of the department to complete POST, an intensive 18-month peace officer standards and training program. Sigley holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in emergency management. He was named Officer of the Year in 2007.
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Watson has worked for the Sheriff’s Department for 29 years. During his tenure, he has served in the Bob Wiley Detention Facility, Road Camp and in the Main Jail. Watson is a Tulare Union High School alum. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology at Fresno State. Watson’s family has a law enforcement background. His father, Edward, is a retired sheriff’s deputy. His brother, James, serves as a lieutenant with the Fresno State Police Department.
Wenzinger began his career at 17 with the U.S. Air Force as a security police officer. He had the honor to be assigned security details for President Ronald Reagan, Vice President Dan Quayle, Pope John Paul II and others. Wenzinger has been named Detentions Deputy of the Year and Operations Deputy of the Year.