Press Release

Former Sheriff Gary Simpson Endorses Jon Crawford for Napa County Sheriff

June 14, 2021

Napa, CA – Jon Crawford, the immediate past Undersheriff of Napa County, has received the support of longtime former Sheriff Gary Simpson, in his bid for Napa County Sheriff in 2022.

In endorsing Crawford, Simpson stated “Jon will tell you what he believes and not what he thinks you want to hear. He will have the deputies enforce the law in a fair manner and will support and defend them when right and hold them accountable when they are wrong. I strongly believe he is the right man for the office.” 

Gary Simpson served as Sheriff of Napa County for 20 years, winning his first election in 1986 and running unopposed to secure four additional terms.

“Sheriff Simpson was a role model to me and to many others in the Sheriff’s Office due to his style of leadership.” remarked Crawford. “He provided the support we needed to be successful and then expected us to succeed.  Having his support as I run for Sheriff is truly an honor.”

Jon Crawford began his career with the Napa County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. Over the past two decades, Crawford has worked his way up the ranks, overseeing the Community Services Bureau, Investigations Bureau, and operations in the Town of Yountville. In 2016, Crawford was promoted to Lieutenant and shortly after promoted to Captain. For the past three years, Crawford oversaw the day-to-day operations of the department as Undersheriff.

Simpson elaborated on Jon’s long career in Napa, adding “When Sheriff John Robertson promoted Jon Crawford to Undersheriff, I talked with John and indicated I thought it was a great pick. John agreed with me and indicated at that time he would support Jon for Sheriff.”

Crawford previously announced the endorsements of Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley, former Napa Mayor Jill Techel, and Napa Councilmember Mary Luros. Jon and his wife of twenty-seven years, Carol, reside in the City of Napa along with their children.

Crawford is running for Napa County Sheriff in the 2022 Primary Election. For more information, visit