Chief Deputy Joseph Pemberton
Chief Joseph Pemberton is originally from Flint, Michigan. After High School he joined the Air Force in 1988 and March AFB California, was his first assignment. He did tours in OSAN Korea in 1991 and Khamis Mushait Airbase, Saudi Arabia in 1992-1993 in support of Operation Desert Storm.
Chief Pemberton transitioned into the Air Force Reserve in 1995, before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in February 1996. He attended the 132nd Basic Peace Officer’s Academy. Chief Pemberton began his Sheriff’s Department career assigned to the Colorado River Station working jail operations. In April of 1998, he was transferred to the Moreno Valley Station where he continued to serve at the Moreno Valley Station in such assignments as Patrol, Emergency Services Team (SWAT) and the Special Enforcement Team Narcotics Division. Chief Pemberton was promoted to Investigator in 2004 and transferred to the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau Central Homicide Unit (CHU). There he investigated homicides across the county as well as Officer Involved Shootings. In December 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and held that rank for 9 years, working in the field at Jurupa Valley Station and then returned to the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau working in the Major Narcotics Division where he remained until he was promoted to Lieutenant in August of 2013.
As a Lieutenant he was assigned to the Investigations Bureau at Jurupa Valley Station and the Sheriff’s Contract City of Eastvale. In January of 2015, Chief Pemberton was sent to the to Lake Elsinore Station where he worked Patrol Operations, the Investigations Bureau and then the Sheriff’s Contract City of Lake Elsinore.
In August of 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Sheriff’s Captain and assigned to the Cabazon Station which provides service to the mid-county Pass area, to include the unincorporated communities around the cities of Beaumont and Banning, as well as contract services to the city of Calimesa and the Morongo Indian Reservation.
Chief Pemberton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University. He holds his Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Instructor, Supervisory and Management POST certificates. Chief Pemberton and his wife Cassie, along with their two children, live in Southwest Riverside County.
On January 17, 2019, Chief Deputy Pemberton was appointed by Sheriff Chad Bianco to his current rank.