Meet the Sheriff
Sheriff Tony Estrada was first sworn into office on January 1, 1993. Sheriff Estrada was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, immigrated with his family as an infant and grew up in Nogales, Arizona. He started his law enforcement career as a dispatcher with the Nogales Police Department and worked his way up through the ranks, retiring as a captain in 1991.
Since taking office, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office has grown into one of the finest law enforcement agencies in Southern Arizona. Estrada has used his many years of law enforcement experience to modernize the Sheriff’s Office and to enhance its continuous growth.
Sheriff Estrada believes that the residents of Santa Cruz County have the right to feel safe and that law enforcement officers have an obligation to make that happen.
Over the years, Estrada has been active in organizing law enforcement responses to the increasing drug trafficking in the border region and is a staunch advocate of improved officer training, utilizing advanced technology and keeping abreast of the ever-changing needs of law enforcement. Some of his accomplishments include overseeing the construction of the new Sheriff's Office and detention center, helping the county implement the 911 response system, expanding the Santa Cruz County Metro Task Force, establishing the School Resource Officer program in Rio Rico and establishing substations in Rio Rico and Tubac.
Estrada is an active volunteer in many community based organizations including the Nogales Rotary, United Way of Santa Cruz County, the Boys and Girls Club, Way of the Heart Promotora Institute and the Nogales Elks Lodge.