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Alpine County Sheriff’s Office Invites the Public to Review its OHV Grant Application

The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office is developing its Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) draft grant application that will be submitted to the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation on March 6th, 2023.  The application will be available for public review from March 7, 2023 to May 1, 2023. The public is invited to comment on any changes or improvements on the grant application on the website Final applications are due to the state of California on June 6th, 2023. For more information, or if you have questions please contact Deputy Baker at the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office (530)694-2231 ext 354  or email

The Alpine County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to serving the public. Our agency strives to provide a safe environment for everyone who lives in or visits Alpine County. Covering an area of roughly 1,100 square miles, approximately 90% of the land is public owned. Having no incorporated cities within the county, the Sheriff's Office provides full service law enforcement services to the entire area.


The Markleeville office is the headquarters for the Sheriff's Office, sharing a county building with the County Administration Offices. There are no jail facilities in Alpine County. Jail services are contracted to El Dorado County and Calaveras County.


The Markleeville office employs 14 sworn officers, including Sheriff Tom Minder and Undersheriff Chris Harootunian. The remaining officers have various assignments ranging from patrol duties, narcotics enforcement, off-highway vehicle enforcement, search and rescue, and bailiff duties.

Mission Statement

Preamble: We the members of the Alpine County Sheriff Department, in order to ensure the highest level of services to our community, to live out the highest standards of ethics that reflect the dignity of our noble calling, to establish a high quality of work life for those who have committed their lives to the safety and well being of their fellow citizens, do hereby pledge ourselves to the following:

  • We recognize that our primary mission and highest priority is to serve our community in the most professional, courteous and efficient manner possible.
  • To that end we will always strive to nurture a partnership based on trust and respect between the Sheriff's Department, County Family, and community.
  • Knowing that our community is evolving and rich in cultural and ethnic diversity we will continuously reach out and seek to meet its needs and concerns. In doing so we will honor and preserve the rights of every citizen and colleague embracing the principal of respect for differences in race, creed style, and personal opinion.
  • In order to be successful in our mission, each of us acknowledges his or her worth as an important part of the whole and thereby accepts all the rights and responsibilities such a position of trust within the community demands. As an ongoing process, we will strive to improve ourselves, the department, and the community.
  • We view our department as a living, growing enterprise and will remain flexible to positive change. We will strive to exceed the highest ethical standards of our profession and be steadfast in our commitment to duty.