San Diego Sheriff’s Department announces new second-in-command

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sheriff Bill Gore announced Friday the promotion of 26- year department veteran Mark Elvin to second-in-command of the county’s largest law enforcement agency.

Elvin’s promotion from assistant sheriff to undersheriff is effective immediately. He replaces 34-year department member Ed Prendergast, who is retiring.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Elvin was hired in 1989 and has worked in it detention and law enforcement bureaus, as well as the training division. 

He was promoted to sergeant in 1999, to lieutenant is 2004, to captain in 2008 and to commander in 2011. The following year, Elvin was named assistant sheriff, a post in which he served the department’s detentions and law enforcement services bureaus.

During his tenure with the agency, Elvin has worked at Las Colinas women’s jail and Vista Detention Facility, at the North Coastal and San Marcos stations and in internal affairs, according to the sheriff’s public affairs department.

"I look forward to working with Mark on a close daily basis,” Gore said. "He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, and a widespread respect from his peers and subordinates. I would be hard-pressed to find someone more qualified for this important position.”

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