March 2015


“Coming out from Behind the Badge”

PFLAG Santa Cruz County is proud to announce their March meeting with A Conversation with Allies, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart and Scott’s Valley Police Chief John P. Weiss

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Peace United Church of Christ
900 High Street, Santa Cruz, 95060

Sheriff Jim Hart & Chief John P. Weiss

Jim Hart was sworn in as a deputy sheriff with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office on October 1, 1988.  After graduating from the police academy, Jim started working in patrol and then he was assigned to a variety of drug investigation teams in the early 1990’s.  Jim was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and he held positions as a patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and a community-policing sergeant.  He was promoted to lieutenant in 2006 and he managed the Patrol Division, the field-training program and he was the Investigation Division Commander for several years.  Jim was promoted to Chief Deputy in June, 2011.  As the Chief Deputy in Corrections, Jim was tasked with developing and implementing the Sheriff’s Office response to prison realignment.  The plan has proven to be effective and has won a number of awards and it is being used as a statewide model. Jim was elected to the Office of Sheriff-Coroner in the June, 2014 primary election and he took Office in January, 2015.  Jim was raised in Scotts Valley and graduated from Harbor High School.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nevada-Reno.  Jim has been an adjunct faculty member at Cabrillo College and Bethany University.  He was the head varsity girl’s basketball coach at Scotts Valley High School for eight years. Jim is married and has four children (Samantha 27, Elle 22, Nadene 18 and Noah 3) and he lives in Scotts Valley.

Chief John P. Weiss has been with the Scotts Valley Police Department since 1990. He has served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and Lieutenant. He was appointed to Chief of Police in 2006.

Chief Weiss holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and strongly supports a community-policing model in Scotts Valley. He is married and has a teenage son. To learn more about Chief Weiss visit his personal blog at

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