Captain Mark Martinez started his career with the Sheriff's Office on May 11, 1987 as a Detention Officer. During his first 11 years, he promoted through the ranks within the Detention Bureau and supervised all areas within the jail. He also worked special duty areas to include the Admitting and Classification Sections and served as a Team Leader for the RISC team. His last assignment with the Detention Bureau was in the position of Detention Academy Director.
In October 1998, Captain Martinez transitioned to the Patrol Bureau when he was promoted to the rank of Deputy. He served as a Patrol Deputy until 1999 when he was reassigned to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) as the Administrative Investigator. After his tour with OPR was completed, he was selected to work as a Narcotics Investigator and assigned to the Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (MET) in July of 2000 until January 2003.
Captain Martinez was promoted to Patrol Sergeant on January 19, 2003 and was scheduled to return to the road; however, he was recalled to the United States Army and spent the next 2 years in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Captain Martinez returned from active duty in January 2005 and was assigned to the Patrol Bureau.
In 2006, the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force was formed and Captain Martinez was reassigned to the Task Force as the Street Team Leader. Martinez was promoted on February 2, 2008 to his current rank of Captain and returned to the Detention Bureau where he assumed command of all jail operations. Captain Martinez served as the Jail Commander until November 2014, when he transitioned back to the Patrol Bureau and assumed command of all law enforcement operations.
In addition to his current position, Captain Martinez has served on active duty with the Arizona National Guard and the United States Army Reserve to include five tours overseas including one tour in Desert Storm and one tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his years of service to his country, he has received numerous medals to include two Army Commendation Medals, the Humanitarian Award, a Combat Action Badge, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. In 2004, Martinez was also awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. This award was presented at the Army All American Bowl in 2007. Captain Martinez retired after 28 years of service.
On May 21, 2008, Captain Martinez was presented with the Sunrise Optimist Club Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.
Captain Martinez is married with three children. He holds family and personal relationships as dear, providing him the strength and support for his very high demanding life. His oldest son and daughter currently reside in Phoenix and his youngest son is still in grade school.