Sheriff Devon Bell began his career as a deputy with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in 1992. He has worked a wide variety of assignments within the organization including Corrections, Patrol, Support Services and the Special Investigations Unit. As a sergeant, he was assigned to the North Lake Tahoe Station for nearly two years in Field Services. He later transferred to the South Placer Station where he directed the Community Services Unit which includes school, youth services and the volunteer programs. Bell then promoted to lieutenant in the Support Services division and later was promoted to the rank of Captain overseeing that division. In December of 2006, he was named as Placer County’s first ever Assistant Sheriff. The position was created because of the tremendous growth and need for administrative support.
In November of 2007, Sheriff Ed Bonner promoted Assistant Sheriff Bell to the rank of Undersheriff. “Devon is a highly respected leader in the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Bonner. “His positive attitude, energy and work ethic have been demonstrated throughout his years here. He has a bright future as the newest member of the senior staff.”
Upon the retirement of Sheriff Bonner in February 2017, the Placer County Board of Supervisors appointed Devon Bell as Sheriff.
Growing up, Devon was heavily influenced by his grandfather who served as a California State Park Ranger. This influence sparked an interest in public service culminating with his decision to join the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Devon is a Loomis native and a Del Oro High School graduate. He holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice Management and a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. Additionally, he has completed numerous management and training courses including Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI), Community Oriented Policing Seminar (COPS), Internal Affairs, POST Management School, POST Executive Development School, Criminal Intelligence for Executives, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) and the FBI National Academy (222nd Session).