Assistant Sheriff Ed Wood has 30 years of law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career with the Belmont Police Department in 1986, serving there for 21 years and promoting through the ranks to Captain.
In 2007, he left the Belmont Police Department to accept a position as a Police Commander with the Burlingame Police Department. In December of 2009, he was appointed Chief of Police of the Burlingame Police Department, where he served for 5 years. During his tenure as Police Chief, Assistant Sheriff Wood’s focus was on community oriented policing and traffic safety.
In November of 2014, Assistant Sheriff Wood accepted a position as Director of San Mateo County Public Safety Communications. During his time as Director he focused on upgrades to the 911 system.
He was appointed Assistant Sheriff in January 2017. As an Assistant Sheriff he has oversight of the Crime Lab, Technology Services and Administration & Finance.
Chief Wood earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Administration from Notre Dame de Namur. In addition, he is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy Class #214 and also attended the Sherman Block Leadership Institute. Assistant Sheriff Wood served as the chair of the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association in 2014.