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Sheriff Mims Biography


Margaret Mims has been a peace officer since January l980.  She was elected to the office of Sheriff in November 2006, becoming the 25th person to hold that office in Fresno County.  She was the first female deputy sheriff Sergeant to supervise field patrol units.  She was the first female deputy sheriff to attain the rank of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Sheriff, and to be elected to the office of Sheriff in the history of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, which was established in 1856.  

Margaret is on the Board of Directors of the Marjoree Mason Center, a local women’s shelter and is on the Board of Trustees for the Fresno County Boys and Girls Club.  She has previously been on the Board of Directors for the Rape Counseling Service.  She is a member of the Major County Sheriffs of America, California Peace Officers' Association and the California State Sheriffs' Association.

She is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University, and has her Masters Degree in Public Administration from National University.  She is a graduate of California POST's (Peace Officer Standards & Training) Supervisory Leadership Institute, a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police coordinated through the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) at Boston University and a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute.


1998 Recipient of the Fresno Exchange Club "Top Cop" award
1999 Chosen as one of Fresno County's Top Ten Business/Professional Women of the Year
2001 Recipient of a "Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award" from the National Center for Women in Policing.
Feb 2005 Highlighted on KFSN, Channel 30 (ABC) Person of the Week
2007 & 2008 Selected as Best Local Female Elected Official by Fresno Magazine
March 2007 Recognized as the 31st Assembly District Woman of the Year
2008 Recognized as one of Business Street Online "Influential Women 100" of Fresno
Feb 2009 Received an Award of Heroism and Lifesaving by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, City of Fresno, & Fresno County Council of Governments
Feb 2010 California Rifle and Pistol Association Peace Officer of the Year for the State of California
July 2010 Fresno City College Centennial Alumna one of their "100 Stars for 100 Years"
June 2011 Reedley City College 2011 Distinguished Alumnus
June 2011 Girls Scouts "Women Inspiring Girls" Award
Sept 2011 Exemplary Partnership award from the Dept. of Homeland Security
Nov 2011 Fresno Leading Young Professionals LEAD Award
Nov 2012 Jenny Eller Memorial Volunteer Donor Recruiter Award from Central Calif. Blood Center
2014 Special Olympics Award of Excellence
May 2016 National University Distinguished Alumni
May 2016 Fresno City College Distinguished Alumna Award
March 2018 Common Threads award from the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation
March 2018 Women Rock Cali Award
Dec 2018 Christian Business Women’s Connection Woman of the Year
March 2019 Daughters of the American Revolution Women in History Award
Nov 2019 Calif. Narcotics Officers’ Association John F. “Jack” Kerrigan President’s Award
2021 Fresno Pacific University creates "Sheriff Margaret Mims Award for Outstanding Criminology Student" to be presented annually to a graduate

After her 2008 breast cancer diagnosis, Sheriff Mims became an outspoken advocate for early detection.