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[Podcast] Mentorship and Leadership Impact

About This Episode

In this episode, you will learn to:

  • Overcome Failing Leadership for Unified Societal Progress

  • Navigate Challenges for Next Generation Leaders

  • Prioritize Courage, Ethics, and Sound Decision-Making

  • Cultivate Personal Responsibility for Continuous Self-Improvement

Meet Robert (Bob) Peterson

Bob Peterson retired from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department after 33 years of service. He started his career as a civilian employee working in the basement of the Central Men’s Jail washing inmates ‘clothing. He graduated from the Sheriff’s Academy in 1989 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2002. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to the Central Jail Complex. He would later become the bureau commander of the Central Jails Division. During his tenure as a lieutenant, he also worked in a variety of positions including the SAFE, and Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) Commander overseeing SWAT, Hazardous Devices Squad (Bomb Squad), Air Support Unit, and Hostage Negotiations Team. In 2012, Bob was promoted to the rank of captain and was tasked with creating the department’s Community Programs and Services Division. Two years later, he transferred to the Training Division where he oversaw the department’s training programs.

In 2016, Bob was promoted to the rank of commander and became a member of the Sheriff’s Executive Team, responsible for overseeing the Professional Services Command. During this same year he decided to run for United States House of Representative in the 46th Congressional District. In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of assistant sheriff and oversaw Custody Operations.

In 2018, Bob transferred to the department’s Field Operations and Investigations Command where he is responsible for Homeland Security, Investigations, North, Southeast, and Southwest Operations, Coroner, Crime Lab, Emergency Management, Airport Operations, and the Reserve Bureau.

In 2019, he was promoted to Undersheriff where he was responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the 6th largest sheriff’s Department in the United States.

Bob retired from the Sheriff’s Department on January 5, 2021.

Bob has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard University. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, West Point Leadership Program, Notre Dame – Executive Integral Leadership Program, and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

He is an adjunct professor for Brandman University where he teaches leadership principles and is an associate instructor for Santa Ana College teaching criminal law. Bob and his wife of 32 years, Kristine moved out of California and built their dream home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where they currently live.

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