Riverside county Sheriff Stan Sniff has appointed Colleen Walker as his undersheriff.
Walker began her stint with the department over 31 years ago at the indio station.
Most recently, Walker served as assistant sheriff, where she was oversaw field operations including patrol stations for all unincorporated areas of the county, the special enforcement bureau, the special investigations bureau, gang task forces, sexual assault felony enforcement teams and the emergency response team.
“In 1980, Undersheriff Walker was promoted to deputy sheriff at the Indio Station,” according to a statement released by the department. “Undersheriff Walker achieved the rank of Investigator in 1984, and was assigned to the crimes against persons unit. Her specialties were the investigations of sexual assault and crimes against children. Undersheriff Walker was promoted to Sergeant in 1988, and she was transferred to the new Palm Desert station in 1989. Undersheriff Walker held a variety of assignments during her 12 years as a sergeant, including investigations, target team, patrol, and administration, but her favorite was as the supervisor of the bicycle unit. Undersheriff Walker was a department peer supporter for 15 years.
Undersheriff Walker was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 1999, and was transferred to the Banning sheriff’s station. She returned to the Palm Desert station in 2000, and held positions in patrol, traffic, investigations and administration. In early 2005 she was transferred to the Indio Sheriff’s Station. Undersheriff Walker achieved the rank of captain in January 2006, and assumed command of the Indio jail. Undersheriff Walker took command of the Indio Sheriff’s station in May of 2007. She served as chief of police for the contract cities of La Quinta and Coachella.
In January 2008, Sheriff Stan Sniff promoted Undersheriff Walker to chief deputy. She was in charge of support services for the Riverside County sheriff’s department. As such, she was responsible for the Ben Clark Training Center, sheriff’s personnel, dispatch, technical services bureau, CAL-ID, information services bureau, and PSEC (the new radio system project).”
Walker lives in Palm Desert and has three adult children and two grand children.