Edward A. Escamilla- Lieutenant / Jail Commander

Lieutenant Edward A. Escamilla began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer with the Hollister Police Department in 1994, and currently holds the position of Level I Reserve Officer. Lt. Escamilla started his career in Corrections in October 1995 with the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Escamilla was promoted to Correctional Sergeant in August 2000 and promoted to Administrative Sergeant on October 2004. December 1, 2005 he was promoted to the position of Lieutenant/Jail Commander.


Lieutenant Escamilla’s current duties include: assisting in organizing, directing and supervising the activities of the Corrections Division. This position is the first management level position responsible for the day-to-day operations/support of the Corrections Division. The position also has responsibility for recommending and implementing policy and procedures; supervise, coordinates, assigns, trains, reviews, evaluates and counsels Correctional Sergeant’s, Correctional Officers and support personnel; supervises the housing appeal and inmate disciplinary process; assist in conducting hiring interviews and selects candidates or participants in the selection process of the correctional and support personnel; conducts weekly and monthly inspections and operation review of the jail facility including sanitation, policies and procedures; establishes division procedures and directs compliance with division and departmental procedures; interprets departmental policy to Watch Commanders and others; assigns duties and responsibilities and delineates lines of authority; provides direction on coordination of services, policy and procedures and budget and personnel problems; determines personnel equipment needs and submits annual budget request; evaluates public complaints pertaining to activities or individuals in the jail and directs the investigation and evaluation of complaints; performs other related duties as required.


Lt. Escamilla has completed both P.O.S.T and S.T.C. certified training, including Management, Supervisory and Law Enforcement courses. He is a Certified Instructor in the use of Electronic Defense Weapons and PepperBall Tactical Systems. Lt. Escamilla is a graduate from the 1999 South Bay Training Consortium Fire Fighters Academy. He is currently pursuing his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice Administration.


Lt. Escamilla was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and moved to Hollister in 1962. He attended local schools and graduated from San Benito High School in 1978. Lt. Escamilla has been married for 21 years and has two children.