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Deputy Michael Lewis, Deputy Johnathan Rodriguez, Sheriff Jay Varney, Deputy Andre Pena - photo Madera Sheriff

Madera Sheriff’s Office Welcomes Three New Deputies

MADERA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) officially welcomed three newly sworn deputies to their ranks at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Deputy Sheriffs Michael Lewis, Andre Pena and Johnathan Rodriguez all successfully graduated from State Center Police Academy Class #154 on Friday, Apr. 5.

This distinguished group of deputies were sponsored as Cadets by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office through the State Center Police Academy in Fresno.

The three candidates were selected back in August 2018 after testing for these spots against several hundred applicants, said the MCSO in a post today on Facebook.

“They attended the academy full-time from October to April, completing 1,030 hours of a rigorous curriculum covering over 42 topical areas. Our deputies successfully completed the requirements of this high-stress academy structure along with 39 other cadets.

“Notably, Deputy Andre Pena was recognized as the Top Academic Student, while Deputy Johnathan Rodriguez earned both the Top Physical Training and Best All Around Student. Congratulations to both of you on your hard-earned honors!”

Deputies Lewis, Pena and Rodriguez are the first group of cadets MCSO has sponsored through the academy as part of their newly implemented Cadet Program.

Following the success of this first group of cadets, the MCSO will be offering another recruitment for Cadet II in the near future. Interested applicants should visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/maderacountyca.

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