Kory Honea is the Sheriff-Coroner of Butte County, which is in Northern California. He has served in that position since May of 2014. Sheriff Honea began his law enforcement career with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office in 1990, working on Lake Shasta as a boating safety officer and then as a deputy in the jail. In 1993 he took a position as a deputy sheriff for the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Honea served as a patrol deputy and detective until 2000, when he transferred to the Butte County District Attorney’s Office as an investigator.
During his tenure at the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff Hone earned a Juris Doctor and became a member of the State Bar of California. After promoting through the ranks and becoming Chief Investigator at the District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff Honea returned to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office as the Undersheriff in 2010. As the elected Sheriff-Coroner, Sheriff Honea oversees a department that provides law enforcement, coroner, civil, correctional and court security services to the 222,000 residents of Butte County.
In February 2017, Sheriff Honea played a key role in the emergency response to the “Oroville Dam Spillway Crisis,” which resulted in the evacuation of an estimated 180,000 residents of northern California. In November 2018, Sheriff Honea was again called upon to help lead and manage the emergency response to the “Camp Fire,” which to date is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history.
Sheriff Honea is married to Jennifer Honea, who is a public safety dispatcher. Their daughter Kassidy is a police officer for the Town of Paradise.
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