Lieutenant Charles "Chuck" Hale
Lieutenant Chuck Hale was born and raised in Dos Palos and graduated from Dos Palos High School in 1994. He was hired as a reserve police office by the Dos Palos Police Department in 1995 at the age of 18. Lieutenant Hale served as a reserve police officer for the Dos Palos Police Department while attending the basic police academy in Modesto. He graduated from the police academy in 1996 and was hired full time by the Dos Palos Police Department later the same year. In 2001 Lieutenant Hale was promoted to the rank of sergeant at the Dos Palos Police Department.
In 2002 Lieutenant Hale was hired by the Merced County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff, fulfilling a dream he had since participating in the explorer program at the Merced County Sheriff’s Office through his final two years of high school. From 2002 through 2010 Lieutenant Hale served as a deputy sheriff with a two-year break in service in which he served as a police officer and detective for the Newman Police Department, Stanislaus County.
During his time at the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Hale has been assigned as a detective, field training officer, and firearms instructor. In 2011 Lieutenant Hale was promoted to the rank of sergeant at the Merced County Sheriff’s Office. He served as a patrol supervisor, K-9 Unit supervisor, Supervised Release Team supervisor, firearms training unit supervisor and most recently as the detective sergeant supervising the Sheriff’s Investigations Unit.
Lieutenant Hale is currently tasked with overseeing the operation of the Jess "Pooch" Bowling Station in Los Banos and the Merced Main patrol station. He also oversees the entire Investigations Bureau for the agency which includes detectives, the STAR Team, and the Merced County Coroner’s Office.
Lieutenant Hale received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management in 2018 from Union Institute and University.