Sheriff Appoints New Corrections Executive
Sheriff Stan Sniff appointed Correctional Captain Misha Graves to the rank of Correctional Chief Deputy on April 9, 2018, in Riverside County. She fills a vacancy created by an earlier executive retirement.
Correctional Chief Deputy Misha Graves has 21 years of correctional experience. She joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1997. She began her career as a Correctional Deputy working a variety of assignments while assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center (RPDC).
"We are all very proud of our bright emerging executives like Correctional Chief Deputy Misha Graves surging up through the ranks, yet again breaking the glass ceiling into our senior leadership levels of one of California’s largest and most complex law enforcement agencies - and by earning their promotions through education, training and experience.
Correctional Chief Deputy Misha Graves made history this week as being only the 2nd Black female to be appointed into the executive ranks following recently retired Chief Deputy Shelley Kennedy-Smith since the agency’s creation in 1893. But the larger gain for all the communities we serve has been my focus over the past decade in pushing gender, ethnic and sexual orientation diversity improvement within the Sheriff’s Department, to both modernize our agency and to far better reflect the many diverse communities we serve.
In the past 23 years, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department now has had 9 women break that executive 'glass ceiling'. While serving as your Sheriff, 6 of these women were promoted into the executive ranks over this past decade, with yet many more increasingly climbing that career ladder at all different levels in our organization, and in a profession where women were rarely employed just a few short decades ago.
Today the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has increased its percentage of women serving as uniformed deputies to 15%, and within its entire workforce at nearly one-third. Among our local agencies, the Sheriff’s Department represents the 'gold standard' in gender diversity. We get better and better each year as we continue to focus on hiring more and more women to serve at all levels within the organization from top to bottom.”
- Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff
In 2006, Correctional Chief Graves was promoted to the rank of Correctional Corporal and assigned to the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility (SCF). In 2008, she promoted to the rank of Correctional Sergeant serving at both the Indio Jail and SCF and was assigned to various areas of jail operations within both jail facilities. In 2012, Correctional Chief Graves was promoted to the rank of Correctional Lieutenant and assigned to the Indio Jail. She was transferred in 2014 to the Sheriff’s Planning and Research Unit staff where she oversaw the design and early phases of construction of the John Benoit Detention Center (JBDC).
Correctional Chief Graves was promoted by Sheriff Sniff to the rank of Correctional Captain in January 2016 and was assigned to command the Coordinated Custody Management Unit (CCMU). The CCMU encompasses the Sheriff’s Inmate Training and Education Bureau (SITE-B), Riverside Alternative Sentencing Program (RASP), Supervised Electronic Confinement Program (SECP), Work Release Program (WRP), Headcount Management Unit (HMU), and leads the Department’s AB 109 Realignment efforts involving the entire county jail system’s 4,000 inmates.
In January 2017, Correctional Chief Graves was transferred from command of CCMU to command of the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center, where she oversaw facility operations for the 1,100 inmate Riverside County jail facility located in Murrieta.
Correctional Chief Graves holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development and a Master of Science Degree in Education, Human Resources Training and Development.