Sheriff Donny Youngblood is a life-long native of Bakersfield, California. He graduated from West High School and Bakersfield College.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1968, serving 14 months in South Vietnam. Following his return stateside, he spent his last year in the military as an Army Drill Sergeant.

Sheriff Youngblood joined the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in 1972 as a Correctional Officer assigned to the Lerdo Facility. Two years later, he entered the Basic Academy to begin training to become a Deputy Sheriff.

During his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Youngblood has worked in all areas of the department, promoting to the rank of Commander. His duty assignments included the Patrol Division, Court Services, Narcotics, Boron Substation, East Kern Substations Commander, Watch Commander, Air Support Division Commander, and Detectives Commander.

Along the way, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice in 1982, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1983. He is a 1986 alumni of the 144th class of the FBI National Academy, and is also a 1989 graduate of the POST Command College, Class 10.

After a campaign fought on the issues of leadership and experience, the citizens of Kern County elected him to the Office of Sheriff-Coroner in 2006, 2010, 2014 and again in 2018.

Sheriff Youngblood has served as President for both the California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) and the Major County Sheriffs of America (MCSA).

Sheriff Youngblood holds a commercial pilot’s license with instrument and multi-engine ratings. In addition to flying, he is an avid golfer, hunter and horseman.