Undersheriff Mick Hardenbrook
Undersheriff Mick Hardenbrook was born and raised in Stanislaus County and has lived here all of his life. He began his law enforcement career in 1984 when he was hired by Sheriff Lynn Wood as a Jailer. While working in the Men’s Jail, Undersheriff Hardenbrook worked in booking, on the floors and as the tunnel deputy.
In 1987, Undersheriff Hardenbrook put himself through the police academy at Modesto Junior College. In November, 1987 he went to work at the Modesto Police Department where his father worked as a Detective. At MPD, Undersheriff Hardenbrook worked on patrol, in School Resources and with his dad in Detectives.
In 1995, while working as a School Resource Officer at Modesto High School, Undersheriff Hardenbrook learned of a Classified Administrative position at the school. He competed for the position and was hired in August of 1995. Undersheriff Hardenbrook stayed with MPD as a Level 1 Reserve Officer while working at the school. In 1998, the funding for the position was eliminated and so was the position. As a result, Undersheriff Hardenbrook decided to come back home and was hired to work patrol at the Sheriff’s Office in September, 1998.
Undersheriff Hardenbrook started on patrol and remained there as an FTO until 2003 when he was promoted to Sergeant. After about a year as the graveyard sergeant, he was re-assigned to Investigations where he supervised the Juvenile Services Unit. In June, 2005 Undersheriff Hardenbrook was again re-assigned, this time to Crimes Against Persons where he supervised the Homicide Team. His time in CAP was one of the most challenging and rewarding assignments of his career. Several high profile cases were handled by the team during this time, including the murder of California Highway Patrol Officer, Earl Scott. Undersheriff Hardenbrook considered this case an honor and privilege to handle and was very proud of the efforts of not only his team, but of all of the people who worked so hard on this case to bring the responsible to justice.
Undersheriff Hardenbrook remained in CAP until his promotion to Lieutenant in April, 2007. After a brief stint as the graveyard watch commander, he was assigned back to Investigations as the Investigations Lieutenant. In addition to Investigations, Undersheriff Hardenbrook was assigned to manage the Administrations Division.
Undersheriff Hardenbrook served as the K9 Sergeant under then Lt. Adam Christianson in 2004-2005. After his promotion to Lieutenant, Sheriff Christianson asked him to manage the K9 Team. Undersheriff Hardenbrook takes great pride in this hard working, highly visible team. The handlers and dogs are very dedicated to their work and the statistics prove it is a bad decision to run or fight when the K9 Team is on the case.
In July of 2012 Lt. Hardenbrook was promoted to Undersheriff. This position had gone unfilled for 18 months following the retirement of Undersheriff Bill Heyne. Undersheriff Hardenbrook considers this promotion to be a privilege, an honor and very humbling. The Undersheriff enjoys working with both Captain Bill Duncan and Captain Tim Beck, both of whom have been mentors for Undersheriff Hardenbrook for many years. The Undersheriff is grateful to Sheriff Christianson for having the trust, faith and confidence in him to be able to handle this promotion.
Undersheriff Hardenbrook is married to Cindy, a police dispatcher in Ripon and has 4 children. He enjoys playing on a traveling Senior Softball team and coaching a team comprised of Law Enforcement Officers from all over the state.