By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) honored Deputy Chief Lana Tomlin as his 2018 Woman of the Year for the 33rd Assembly District. Deputy Chief Tomlin was recently promoted to Assistant Sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. She is the first female in the Department’s history to achieve the rank of Assistant Sheriff.
The Woman of the Year ceremony is held annually and celebrates California’s extraordinary women. The first ceremony was held in 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month. The event has become an annual Capitol tradition to salute women who have done outstanding community service. Honorees are presented with a framed certificate from the State Assembly recognizing their outstanding contributions during a ceremony in the Assembly chambers.
Lana began her law enforcement career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in 1990.In 1996, Lana was promoted to detective and assigned to the SWAT/Narcotics Division, where she worked the Street Enforcement Team, Highway Interdiction, and the Crime Impact Team. Lana was assigned to the Employee Resources Division in 1999. After a year of doing backgrounds and recruiting, Lana was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the West Valley Detention Center. As a sergeant, Lana worked patrol at the Apple Valley Station followed by an assignment in the Internal Affairs Division, where she served as the executive officer.
Lana was promoted to lieutenant in 2007 and returned to the West Valley Detention Center, where she served as a shift watch commander, the commander of the Transportation unit, and as the executive officer. As lieutenant served as second in command at the Fontana Station and also worked at the Apple Valley Station. In 2012, Lana was promoted to the rank of captain and remained at the Apple Valley Station. In 2017 she was promoted to deputy chief where she oversees the Desert Patrol Bureau. Recently Lana was promoted to the rank of Assistant Sheriff, which will take effect March 31, 2018.
In addition to her work with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Lana is also active in the community. Supporting the Apple Valley Police Activities League (PAL) Program, Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce and Apple Valley Rotary.