About Eddie Engram
About Eddie Engram
With unparalleled experience within law enforcement that includes almost two decades within the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office, Assistant Sheriff Engram brings both a tremendous amount of experience and a passion for keeping Sonoma County safe. A County resident since 2004, Engram is dedicated to improving the lives of the County residents he is pleased to call neighbors.
Engram’s pre-law enforcement experience within his community provides him a unique perspective, and has shaped him to be better suited to realistically balance the need for police reform with the necessary action to continue to keep us safe. He’s the only candidate who’s been personally affected by police action and has seen first hand the ramifications – both positive and negative – of the current law enforcement system.
Said Engram, “Growing up, most of my family lived in a tough neighborhood in East Palo Alto. This included my grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins. All of my male cousins ended up in trouble with the law. My mom decided to make a change and we moved away for several years, and it was a good thing, too. My brother and I were the only ones who didn’t spend some time in jail or prison and I’m the only one with a college degree.”
Upon seeing the good influence that the rule of law can have on the community through his personal experience, Engram has dedicated his life to public service. Engram began his career at the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 as a correctional officer and was promoted to the rank of Deputy Sheriff in 2001. Engram moved to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in 2002, rising through the ranks to eventually be charged with the number two spot in the Sheriff’s Office. Along the way, Assistant Sheriff Engram has served as a Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Detective, Explorer Advisor, Internal Affairs Investigator, Hostage Negotiation Team member, use of force instructor, and a Field Training Officer.
“My mom tells a story of when I was little, I saw a police officer and asked if he was a working man. She told me he was, and I said I wanted to be a working man, too. I don’t remember that at all, but my mom swears it happened. I’m not sure if it was that or seeing my cousins get into trouble is why I went into law enforcement. But I know I can’t remember wanting to do anything else.”
Recognizing his leadership ability, Engram was continually assigned roles with increasing responsibility for community safety, including managing the Crisis Intervention Training program, acting as Watch Commander, heading up the Professional Standards Bureau – including Internal Affairs – and overseeing the entirety of the Field Services Division that includes all Patrol Bureau, Dispatch, Court Security, Fire Assistance, and Liaison to the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach.
Upon promotion to Assistant Sheriff, Engram’s purview expanded to include the Detention Division and all Detention-related services, managing a $70 million annual budget.
“Sonoma County is my adopted home and I’ve lived here for 17 years. My wife is a lifelong Santa Rosan. My children were born here, they go to school here. Not only for you, but also for my family, I want Sonoma County to be a safe place to live,” Engram said.
Assistant Sheriff Engram is a recipient of the Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Service Award and a Gold Medal of Valor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management and lives with his family in Santa Rosa.