Yuba County Sheriff, Steve Durfor, announced last week that he will not seek re-election next year and has endorsed Lieutenant Wendell Anderson for Yuba County Sheriff/Coroner in 2018. Anderson is a lifelong Yuba County resident and 21-year veteran of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.
“I thank the people of Yuba County for allowing me to serve them,” said Durfor. “I would not make this transition if I didn’t feel I was leaving our community in strong hands. I’ve seen Wendell’s work on numerous projects and high-profile cases. I’ve seen his determination. I’ve seen his passion and commitment to this office time and time again over the two decades we’ve served together. I fully endorse him as your next Yuba County Sheriff.”
Anderson, 48, currently holds the rank of Lieutenant and is Chief of the Detective Bureau, managing 6 detectives and administrative staff. Anderson also serves as Yuba County’s SWAT Commander. He is the current President of Yuba County’s Management/Supervisor Association and has held that position for the past several years.
“Over 20 years in Yuba County law enforcement, I’ve worked everything from the patrol beat in Olivehurst and Linda, to resident Hill Sergeant in the foothills,” said Anderson. “I know the landscape, the people and the challenges of Yuba County firsthand.”
Anderson is a graduate of Lindhurst High School and a graduate of the Yuba College Police Academy, where he now serves as an instructor. He earned an AS in Criminal Justice at Yuba College and has received specialized training during his Law Enforcement career. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute, management and leadership development courses and other advanced training.
If elected, Anderson’s priorities will be to fill vacant deputy positions, increase rural patrols and marijuana abatement, and lower the amount of mandatory overtime current deputies work.
“All this takes money we don’t currently have,” said Anderson. “My plan is to begin tackling this well before I take office. I’ll work with Sheriff Durfor, the County and the community to prioritize law enforcement funding in the budget, collect the maximum amount from illegal marijuana growers, and learn to be an expert at doing more with less.
I have tremendous respect for Sheriff Durfor. He has always put people and public safety ahead of politics. I’m truly honored to have his endorsement.”
Anderson was named Peace Officer of the Year in 2007 and Victim Advocate of the Year in 2014 by the Yuba County Victim Witness Services.
He has been involved in youth sports for decades, serving as a North Yuba Little League coach and board member, competitive softball coach, and as a volunteer football and softball coach for Marysville High School for many years.
Wendell and Tammy have been married for 26 years. They have two children, Mikayla, 19, a college student, and Zachary, 23, who currently serves in the US Air Force.